Driver smoked cannabis before killing Oamaru teen

By December 6, 2018 Recent News

NZ Herald 6 December 2018
Family First Comment: These cases will only increase. Sadly.

The man convicted over the hit-and-run death of an Oamaru teenager in October had smoked cannabis before he got behind the wheel, the Oamaru District Court heard yesterday.

Zara Blackie, 14, was killed when she was struck by a car in Severn St, near the intersection with Cross St, about 10.40pm on October 23.

The 30-year-old Oamaru man was remanded on bail to appear on February 27 for sentencing by Judge Joanna Maze.

The man, who was granted continued name suppression, was at his Oamaru address socialising with friends on the night Zara died.

Before he left with his girlfriend about 10.30pm, he consumed three cans of bourbon and cola, and a quarter of a cannabis joint.

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