Another teenager involved in the crash that killed Napier teen Maree Schafer has pleaded guilty to taking part in the race that led to her death.
Adam O'Sullivan, 17, appeared in Napier District Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to charges of operating a vehicle in a race causing death, operating a vehicle in a race causing injury and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Earlier this month Brandon Lawrence, 19, pleaded guilty to charges of operating a vehicle in a race causing death and operating a vehicle in a race causing injury in relation to the crash on February 19.
Police allege four young men were involved in a two-car "Ford v Holden" race leading up to Miss Schafer's death.
Lawrence, who held only a learner's licence, was driving a Holden Commodore with another man in the front passenger's seat and Miss Schafer, 18, in the back.
The race, held on the southern outskirts of Napier, began at 11.30pm, when a horn sounded and Miss Schafer began a countdown before the vehicles took off.
Police allege Lawrence was driving on the incorrect side of the road and slightly behind the Ford, allegedly being driven by Adam O'Sullivan's brother, Matthew, 20.
Adam O'Sullivan drove a Nissan Skyline behind the racing vehicles, which allegedly reached a speed of about 180kmh.
As the two racing cars approached the Meeanee Rd intersection, the Ford slowed but Lawrence was unaware he was approaching the intersection, saw an opportunity to pass and accelerated.
"By the time the defendant Lawrence realised he was approaching the intersection it was too late, and the Holden Commodore went straight through the stop-sign-controlled intersection at a speed of around 180kmh," police said.
Lawrence tried to turn off into nearby Sandy Rd, but lost control, with the car sliding sideways for 120 metres before slamming, driver's side first, into a large tree.
Miss Schafer suffered serious head injuries and died at the scene. The other passenger's neck and collar bone were fractured and he suffered a bruised lung.
Jesse Ellmers, 18, a passenger in the Ford, and Matthew O'Sullivan, have pleaded not guilty to operating a vehicle in a race causing death, and operating a vehicle in a race causing injury.
Both are to appear in court again in October for a trial date to be scheduled.
Adam O'Sullivan and Lawrence will be sentenced in October.
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