A teenager who crashed a car in Waipukurau last year when
driving with almost no experience has plead guilty to three
charges stemming from the accident.
Menassah Vermont Fraser, now 20, was the driver of a friend's
BMW which crashed on Racecourse Rd last year, in what some
emergency services described as one of the most graphic crash
sites they had seen.
She had spent the day drinking with friends, had no driver's
licence, and the only driving experience she had was from
earlier that day.
Fraser lost control when being overtaken by another vehicle,
swerving off the road, flipping, hitting a culvert and
ripping the vehicle apart. The crash left one passenger a
tetraplegic, another with brain injuries and the third with
cuts and bruising.
Fraser pleaded guilty to three charges of aggravated careless
driving causing injury when she appeared at the Waipukurau
District Court this afternoon (Thur).
Police prosecutor Nigel Wolland said Fraser was remorseful
and had been cooperative with police.
She was remanded on bail for sentencing in May.
- By Corey Charlton of Hawke's Bay Today