The learner driver in a crash that killed a young Mosgiel
brother and sister had previously offered illegal taxi rides
via a controversial Facebook page.
Cameron Presland (20) was behind the wheel of his illegally
modified Honda Integra when he lost control on a slight bend
on the Southern Motorway, near Green Island, on Sunday, May
Front-seat passenger Shannon Kiriau (22) and his sister
Danielle (17) - the partner of Mr Presland - died at the
Police said speed, alcohol, not wearing seatbelts, and the
state of the vehicle - swapped for a van just days before the
fatal smash - were factors in the crash.
The Otago Daily Times has viewed screenshots of Mr
Presland offering rides with his previous vehicle via the
Facebook page, Dunedin Sober Drivers.
Last year, police confirmed officers were monitoring the
page, and users could be slapped with a $10,000 fine if, in
exchange for cash, they offered an unlicensed passenger
In December, Dunedin police warned about 60 drivers offering
They would not comment this week when asked whether Mr
Presland, who is on a learner's licence, was one of those
Dunedin relieving area commander Inspector Jason Guthrie said
''any potential link between the driver and the Sober Driver
Facebook site will be explored as part of the wider
investigation [into the accident that killed the Kiriau
''It is too early to comment on this aspect at this stage of
the inquiry. Facts established as part of the inquiry will
dictate what, if any, charges are laid.''
Police were not in a position to confirm Mr Presland's blood
or alcohol reading, he said.
Mr Presland, who is recovering in Milton, was not available
for an interview, his mother, Ange Pedofsky, told the
Many of the more than 3000 Facebook page members argue the
service is safer than walking and cheaper than a taxi ride.
Last week, another Facebook page, Dunedin Sober Drivers Save
Lives, was launched following the deaths of the siblings.
Those users argued lives would be saved if police stopped
threatening large fines, and supported the unlicensed
In response, Dunedin road policing manager Senior Sergeant
Phil McDouall said a driver must hold a passenger service
licence to legally carry passengers, on any road, for hire or
For a first offence, a driver and passengers could be fined
up to $10,000.
For a second, or subsequent, offence, the fine could be up to
The vehicle could be impounded.
''We want to discourage this. There are perfectly good taxis