Driver responsible for Arrowtown teen's death lodges appeal

Tully Robinson (left) leaving after an earlier court appearance in Queenstown. Photo: George Heard
Tully Robinson (left) leaving after an earlier court appearance in Queenstown. Photo: George Heard/NZH
The woman responsible for the death of Arrowtown teenager Allanah Walker is appealing her sentence.

Tully Robinson (22), of Queenstown, was speeding, driving on the wrong side of the road, texting while driving and affected by alcohol when her vehicle collided head-on with a car driven by Allanah’s boyfriend, Astin Caldwell, near Arrowtown on August 22, 2020.

Allanah was killed instantly and Mr Caldwell seriously injured.

Robinson’s application for a discharge without conviction was dismissed by Judge John Brandts-Giesen in the Queenstown District Court on December 7.

She was convicted and sentenced to home detention for four and a-half months, banned from driving for 18 months, and ordered to pay $20,000 to Mr Caldwell and $15,000 to Allanah’s mother as reparation for emotional harm.

She was also ordered to complete a driving improvement course.

Robinson had earlier admitted charges of aggravated careless driving causing Allanah’s death and aggravated careless driving causing injury to Mr Caldwell.

A nominal hearing date for her appeal has been set down for February 3 in the Invercargill High Court.



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