The driver in the crash that killed a former head boy
with "huge potential" had been drinking and was driving at
speeds of up to 132kmh.
Cameron Zane Roberts (24), of Havelock, yesterday admitted
dangerous driving causing the death of 20-year-old Cobie
Stringer near Ranfurly last year.
Mr Stringer (20), a shearer, was a former head boy at
Maniototo Area School. After his death, he was described by
friends and family as a talented artist, sportsman, and young
He was a passenger in the vehicle Roberts was driving, which
failed to take a bend on the Ranfurly-Patearoa road, 12km
east of Ranfurly, slid 55m along a ditch, and
''barrel-rolled'' for 64m before stopping.
Mr Stringer, who was not wearing his seatbelt, was thrown out
and died after receiving multiple skull fractures, prosecutor
Sergeant Ian Collin told Alexandra District Court yesterday.
Roberts had driven to the Ranfurly Lion Hotel that evening
for farewell drinks with friends as one was returning to the
United Kingdom. He later collected Mr Stringer and went to
the Patearoa Hotel.
During the evening, Roberts had consumed beer and at least
one ''shot'' of whisky, Sgt Collin said.
He left the hotel with three passengers, including Mr
Stringer in the back seat. The front-seat passenger was
concerned about the manner of Roberts' driving. The
front-seat passenger was uninjured in the crash but the other
back-seat passenger received abdominal bruising.
Roberts was taken to Dunedin Hospital and a blood sample
taken five hours after the crash revealed a blood alcohol
level of 68mg.
The defendant's speed was estimated at between 126kmh and
132kmh leading up to the crash, Sgt Collin said.
He told police he had consumed half a bottle of beer and then
two big bottles, followed by two whiskies.
When he left the hotel, he was ''going for it'', trying to
catch up with friends in the vehicle ahead. Counsel for
Roberts, Stuart Blake, said he was still waiting for the
results of independent tests on the blood sample.
Roberts (24) pleaded guilty in the Alexandra District Court
yesterday to an indictably laid charge of driving at a
dangerous speed on March 5 last year, causing Mr Stringer's
death. Judge Eddie Paul convicted and remanded him for
sentencing on May 1.
Judge Paul sought an emotional harm report as part of the