The death of Rosemary Ives, whom a hunter mistook for a deer, is tragic and heartbreaking – but it is not an accident.
If the hunter had been legally hunting, and was in the middle of the bush where deer out number humans, and Miss Ives had been wearing a fake pair of antlers then maybe you can call it an accident.
But when you are hunting at night illegally, and firing at the first thing you can see from a moving car, then that is negligence, not an accident.
The police have charged the hunter with careless use of a firearm causing death.I hope this is a holding charge, and they consider manslaughter. Unless there is more to the story than reported (always possible) the behaviour involved was reckless.
Sympathies to the family and friend of Rosemary Ives.