Man guilty of crash that killed unborn nephew

Last updated 05:00 17/07/2014

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A man who crashed his new car, killing his unborn nephew, has admitted culpability.

Michael Graham Irwin drove his Holden HSV Clubsport to his brother's Waipukurau home on March 18 to show off his new wheels, the police summary said.

His younger brother Neil, 30, and his pregnant partner Monique Auckram-Grant, 19, hopped in for a spin around the outskirts of the town.

Michael Irwin was driving along Middleton Rd when he lost control on a right-hand bend. The car skidded across the grass, crashing into a large tree.

He managed to get out of the car and pull his brother from the passenger seat and Auckram-Grant from the back seat. The trio managed to escape the burning car before it was engulfed in flames, the summary said.

Auckram-Grant suffered extensive internal injuries and lost her unborn child. She was 35 weeks pregnant and expecting a boy.

Neil, the baby's father, fractured his right leg and broke two ribs.

Both had surgery and spent weeks recovering in hospital. At the time of the accident they thanked family and friends for their support during a "very difficult time".

The couple had shared a scan of their unborn son on Facebook just weeks before.

Irwin has pleaded guilty to two charges of careless driving. He will be sentenced in Waipukurau District Court next month.

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