A 23-year-old Stratford woman has admitted her fault in the crash that killed her friend when their car hit a power pole near Stratford in June.
Nadia Lianne Ena McCullough pleaded guilty to being in charge of a motor vehicle causing death and causing injury in the Hawera District Court yesterday.
Police withdrew other alcohol-related charges against McCullough in court, because police prosecutor Steve Michael said there were issues with the blood sample which was taken at Taranaki Base Hospital.
On June 2, McCullough was driving three friends home south along State Highway 3 from a party in Stratford when she lost control and hit the power pole, near Pioneer Village.
The rear passenger on the driver's side - John Thomas Stone - sustained serious head injuries and died instantly.
The other rear passenger suffered a severed ear which was sewn back on in surgery.
Judge David McKegg convicted McCullough and remanded the case for sentencing on October 10.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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