A Hamilton man who admitted crashing into a group of cyclists, killing one, has had his sentencing adjourned to take part in restorative justice.
Craig Goulsbro, 49, was one of 14 cyclists riding on Puketaha Rd near Gordonton on July 1 about 6.20pm when a car driven by Nicholas James Dryland crashed into them, killing Mr Goulsbro and injuring two others.
Judge Rosemary Riddell today adjourned the sentencing of Dryland, 22, of Gordonton, so he could possibly attend a restorative justice conference.
Judge Riddell convicted Dryland on a charge of aggravated careless use of a motor vehicle by illegally overtaking, causing the death of Mr Goulsbro in the Hamilton District Court.
He also pleaded guilty to two additional charges of aggravated, careless use of a motor vehicle causing injury to William Donaldson and Christopher Smith.
Police said the crash occurred when Dryland's vehicle carried out an overtaking manoeuvre before pulling back into the group of cyclists to avoid an oncoming car.
Members of the victims family were also in court but declined to make any comment to the Waikato Times.
Dryland, who has since sold his car, will be sentenced in October.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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