A man charged with causing the death of a cyclist and
injuring two of his riding buddies near Hamilton last month
will reappear in court later this year for sentencing after a
restorative justice session with the victim's family.
Nicholas James Dryland, 22, appeared in Hamilton District
Court this morning after earlier pleading guilty to a charge
of aggravated careless use of a motor vehicle by illegally
overtaking, causing the death of cyclist Craig Goulsbro on
He was to be sentenced today, but through his lawyer Thomas
Sutcliffe sought a restorative justice session with the
victims of the accident.
Judge Rosemary Riddell adjourned his sentencing to October
Dryland also pleaded guilty to two charges of aggravated
careless use of a motor vehicle, causing injury to William
Donaldson and Christopher Smith.
A summary of facts revealed Dryland thought he was overtaking
a small number of cyclists on Puketaha Road.
But he misjudged his manoeuvre and pulled back into the group
of cyclists to avoid oncoming traffic.
Mr Goulsbro hit the left pillar of Dryland's windscreen,
causing a major head injury.
Dryland's vehicle spun 180 degrees after the accident.
Mr Goulsbro, a 49-year-old father of one, died two days after
He was with a group of friends on a 46km ride that coincided
with the second anniversary of the opening of their friend's
- By James Ihaka of the New Zealand Herald