CCTV footage of Auckland teen's killer shows he was in no state to drive – police
Footage of a drunk driver jailed for killing an Auckland teen skateboarder illustrates he was in no fit state to be behind the wheel.
Zhenghang Yu, 34, pled guilty to dangerous driving causing death after hitting 16-year-old Jacob Pakura on Rua Rd in New Lynn on January 14.
Detective Sergeant Ash Matthews said CCTV footage showed he was in no state to be driving.
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"[Yu] steadies himself on the car door, is helped around the front of the vehicle and stumbles back into his house.
"It's disappointing to see him in that kind of state. The bigger concern really is that he simply didn't stop [after hitting Pakura]. Which...is disgraceful."
Yu arrived home about 10-15 minutes after killing Pakura, Matthews said.
Police released the video which showed two women helped him out of the car and Yu then stumbled inside.
The video was obtained by police from a search warrant and helped build the prosecutor's case, Matthews said.
"It's not common to find footage on an offender's residence of them returning home immediately after committing an offence."
Pakura's family were shown the footage and were obviously upset and disappointed, he said.
"They're living with that everyday, and to see that just makes it a whole lot worse."
Yu begged Jacob's family to forgive him in a letter that was read in court by defence lawyer Michael Kan in August.
"I wish I could turn the clock back and reverse everything I did," Yu said in the letter.
"It was me who tore apart your loving family. Sorry can never be enough for what I did, but I would ask still if you could please forgive me."
He was sentenced at the Auckland District Court on August 15.
Yu did not stop at the scene of the crash, and later said he did not remember hitting and killing Pakura. He was driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding at around 70kmh in a 50 kmh zone.
He was identified following a public plea from the teen's family for information that could help reveal the identity of their son's killer.
Yu is a Chinese national, but has been a New Zealand resident for nearly nine years and was working as a truck driver at the time.
He's married with two young children and had prior convictions for dangerous driving and driving with excess breath alcohol.