A Southland teenager accused of killing his mate in a high-speed drunken car crash wished he had died instead, a High Court jury has heard.
Strathan Yannis Douglas Hurst is on trial in the Invercargill High Court after pleading not guilty to manslaughter and an alternative charge of reckless driving causing death.
Stevie-Owen Kenneally, 18, died early on November 6, 2011 after the vehicle he and Hurst were travelling in crashed in Winton.
The Crown has told the jury members they will have to determine who was driving Hurst's Ford Falcon at the time of the crash.
Today, Crown witness Detective Constable Scott McConachy said he visited Hurst in hospital following the crash and Hurst continually asked him what his likely sentence would be.
Hurst also asked what potential charges he would face, Mr McConachy said.
''He said he wished he had died instead of Stevie.''
Mr McConachy formally interviewed Hurst at Invercargill police station about the accident more than a fortnight later, with the taped interview shown to the jury today.
Yesterday, Crown prosecutor Riki Donnelly, in his opening address, said the jury would have to determine who was driving the Ford Falcon at the time of the crash.
Both teens had been drinking before the crash and neither was wearing a seatbelt, the jury heard.
Although Mr Kenneally had been driving the vehicle earlier in the evening, police believed Hurst was in the driver's seat when the car "failed to negotiate a moderate left bend", he said.
The vehicle was travelling between 121 and 124kmh in a 50kmh zone, and residents living nearby reported hearing tyres squealing before a bang.
The car slammed into fences, the concrete base of a steel pole and a building, before tipping and landing on its roof, Mr Donnelly said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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