A teenager behind the wheel of a car which crashed near
Mosgiel on Sunday morning, killing one passenger, made a
''terrible mistake'' which will stay with him for life.
Speaking at the Mosgiel Taieri Community Board meeting
yesterday, Sergeant Kevin Davidson, of Mosgiel, said the
19-year-old behind the wheel was a ''pleasant young man'' who
made a ''terrible, terrible mistake''.
''He's now got to live with the consequences of his actions
for the rest of his life,'' Sgt Davidson said.
''At 19, he thought he was 10-foot tall and bulletproof.''
The crash, which claimed the life of Joshua Duncan Anderson
(19), of Taieri Beach, highlighted the importance of
enforcement and education on drink-driving.
Dunedin city councillor and board member Kate Wilson said at
the meeting she knew the driver and spoke to his father
She emphasised that by getting in the car, the other
passengers were also responsible.
''What I don't want to see is one boy taking the rap,'' she
''There were actually five kids that chose to do something
they all knew was wrong.''
It was also important the driver was ''nurtured'' through
what would be a tough period for him.
Sgt Davidson agreed, saying the other passengers had made
statements accepting responsibility.
The case was a ''prime example of just how that sort of
incident affects so many people''.