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Man pleads guilty to causing woman's death

JONO GALUSZKA
Last updated 11:10 14/08/2014

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A Manawatu man has admitted causing the death of a Feilding woman.

Robert John Williams, 21, of Apiti, pleaded guilty in the Palmerston North District Court today to causing death while driving with excess blood-alcohol.

The police summary of facts said Williams had spent July 10 drinking at licensed premises in Kimbolton and at a house.

He met Jessica Watts, 18, that night for the first time and offered her a ride home.

At 12.05am the following day, Williams was driving himself and Watts in a Ford Courier ute along Oroua Valley Rd, Apiti, when he approached a corner.

He lost control, clipping a grass verge before overcorrecting, driving across the road, through a wire fence and into a paddock.

The ute rolled down a bank, throwing Watts from the vehicle.

She suffered head injuries and was taken to Palmerston North Hospital, where she died.

Williams suffered minor injuries and was also taken to the hospital.

His blood was tested and showed he had 110 milligrams of alcohol to 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80mg.

Judge Les Atkins convicted Williams and remanded him until next month for sentencing.

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