Racers plead guilty to killing friend

Last updated 11:56 11/12/2013

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Two young men have pleaded guilty to manslaughter over the death of their friend during an illegal street race.

Calum Elliot, 18, struck and killed a fellow teenager while racing another friend, Dylan Chand, 19, on August 1, 2013.

The friend, whose name was suppressed by a District Court judge, was keeping watch on a bend on Scott Rd, Hobsonville, while the pair settled a dispute over whose car was faster.

Elliot pleaded guilty in the High Court at Auckland today to manslaughter. Chand had earlier pleaded guilty.

A police summary of facts, read to the court, said the victim crossed the road while the boys were racing and was hit by Elliot.

He was thrown "some distance and into the air".

He died instantly from multiple injuries.

Skid marks on the road showed there was 70m of "heavy braking", the police summary said.

Forensic investigations determined the car was travelling at 106kmh.

The pair will be sentenced on February 18. 

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