Victims to be heard before driver sentenced

Lara Glover, 16, died and four others were injured in the car crash on February 19.
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Lara Glover, 16, died and four others were injured in the car crash on February 19.

The crash killed one but affected many, and they want to speak at the driver's sentencing.

Flynn William Anthony Struthers, 17, was the driver of the SUV that crashed near Spring Creek, north of Blenheim in February, which killed 16-year-old passenger Lara Glover and injured four others.

Struthers has admitted dangerous driving causing death and four counts of dangerous driving causing injury, and was supposed to be sentenced at the Blenheim District Court on Wednesday.

But his lawyer Rob Harrison said the restorative justice process, where Struthers could meet with his victims, had not been completed.

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The Crown prosecutor said some of the victims wanted to read their victim impact statements to the court at Struthers' sentencing.

A roadside memorial for Lara Glover, 16, who died in a car crash near Blenheim in February. (File photo)
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A roadside memorial for Lara Glover, 16, who died in a car crash near Blenheim in February. (File photo)

Usually the judge summarised the statements during sentencing, but the victims wished to read them personally, she said.

The police summary of facts was not released when Struthers pleaded guilty in June because Harrison wanted to have some aspects amended.

Judge Tuohy said it would need to be released to the public at Struthers' sentencing.

He ordered for Struthers' house in Blind River, near Seddon, to be assessed for home detention and community detention.

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He also ordered reparation and emotional harm payment reports, and updated victim impact statements.

Struthers was remanded on bail to October 17.

 - The Marlborough Express

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