A 23-year-old man has pleaded guilty to killing his 25-year-old girlfriend through reckless driving, but denies he was street racing at the time.
Felipe Gacitua, 23, appeared in the High Court at Auckland yesterday and pleaded guilty to a count of reckless driving causing death and one of reckless driving causing injury.
Gacitua killed his girlfriend, hairdresser Fay Roberts, in a head-on crash in East Tamaki in August last year.
Roberts' friend, who was also a passenger in another car involved in the crash, was injured.
Police allege Gacitua was racing his friend Rowan Matthews at the time of the crash, but he denies this.
A disputed facts hearing will be held next month to determine what happened.
Gacitua has been remanded on bail until his next sentencing date.
He is representing himself in the hearing, but lawyer Marie Dyhrberg has agreed to act as 'amicus curae'- assisting Gacitua in the hearing.
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