Nine teenagers crash in VW
A teenager who swerved "violently" causing her VW Golf carrying eight friends - including one in the boot - to crash on the motorway has been banned from driving.
Jessica Howard-Bowring, 18, was sentenced on November 20 at the North Shore District Court to six months supervision and was disqualified from driving for seven months.
Howard-Bowring was charged with driving with excess breath alcohol and reckless driving after the crash near the Constellation Dr on-ramp on September 7.
Police said it was a "miracle" that no-one in the car was seriously injured.
The court heard that Howard-Bowring and eight others crammed into the car to head into the city after a party on the North Shore.
Three people were in the front, five in the back and one in the boot.
"You swerved your steering wheel in a violent manner and your friends asked you to stop," Judge Jan Walker said.
"You continued to swerve until you crashed into the motorway barrier.
"You are extremely lucky there were no serious injuries."
Howard-Bowring and several passengers suffered minor injuries and the teenager in the boot was knocked unconscious.
Judge Walker said she hoped Howard-Bowring had received a wake-up call.
"I'm pleased to hear that you and your friends are getting on, but you have quite a bit to make up to them," she said.
As well as attending an alcohol programme, Howard-Bowring has been ordered to pay $265.78 court costs and medical bills totalling $193.
- North Shore Times
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