Alleged drink-driver wants to meet grieving mum
An alleged drunk driver involved in a car wreck that caused a pregnant woman to lose her child wants to meet the grieving mother face-to-face.
Morrinsville man Benjamin Tahi Rawiri Pukeroa, 31, appeared for the first time in the Hamilton District Court yesterday facing four charges relating to a two-car road smash on June 6.
Pukeroa, a welder, faces two counts of excess-blood alcohol causing injury and two counts of aggravated careless driving causing injury to Charlotte Williamson, who was pregnant at the time, and James Dow.
Speaking outside the courtroom, Pukeroa said he has chosen not to get behind the wheel since the crash.
"I feel bad for what I've done," he said.
Pukeroa said he would plead guilty to the charges.
Police say Pukeroa was driving with a blood-alcohol level of 145mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood - the legal limit is 80mg - when the collision happened about 5am.
He suffered critical injuries to his chest and shoulders in the crash and felt lucky to be alive.
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