Community work for pair involved in crash that killed longboarder
Two men involved in the accident that killed a longboarder riding down on a steep Kapiti Coast road have been given community work.
Germain Dageville and Devon Welch pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death of Tristan Hunter, who was riding down the steep, winding Maungakotukutuku Rd, near Paraparaumu, as a GoPro camera fixed to the bumper of a following car filmed his run.
Welch lost control of the car while trying to avoid Hunter, hitting him instead.
Welch was driving after receiving instruction on a previous run from Dageville, who was also a longboarder, on how to drive to get the best film.
They had done the first run without incident on March 25 last year, but disaster struck near the bottom of the road at the end of the second run.
Judge Denys Barry said it was foreseeable what might happen, and that Hunter might fall in to the path of the car. "It was patently unsafe and the worst unfortunately happened."
Both were going through their own grieving process for their friend, he said.
"Both have been overwhelmed by grief, and the reality is that that effect is the real sentence that stays with these young men."
Both men were known to Hunter's parents, who supported them and did not want to see them given a crushing sentence, the court heard.
Hunter's parents said shortly after the accident that they did not blame the pair, and that it was a freak accident.
Shayne Hunter said his son was passionate about his sport, often spending hours out riding his board at weekends.
The judge disqualified both men from driving for a year, and ordered them to do 150 hours' community work.