An Auckland mother who admitted driving under the influence
of methamphetamine and causing a crash that killed her
12-year-old daughter has been sentenced to 12 months of home
On July 9 last year 33-year-old Toni Ericksen lost control of
her car on Kaipara Coast Highway and collided with an
oncoming vehicle. Ericksen's oldest daughter Bryer Greenwood,
12, died as a result of the injuries she sustained in the
crash. Her younger daughter Gemma, then 8, and a heavily
pregnant woman in the other vehicle were injured.
In August, just before she was due to stand trial, Ericksen
pleaded guilty to a charge of driving under the influence of
drugs causing death, two counts of injuring while under the
influence of drugs, and one count of being an unlicensed
driver, driving while prohibited.
Court documents revealed that Ericksen tested positive for
methamphetamine after the crash.
Ericksen was sentenced in the Auckland District Court this
morning. Judge Roy Wade said he was hesitant to sentence
Ericksen to anything less than prison, but that jailing her
would effectively destroy the life of her surviving child.
- By Anna Leask of the New Zealand Herald