NZ Herald 25 January 2019
Family First Comment: ”A 6-year-old boy who was injured in a head-on crash by a cannabis-affected driver has been left with more than just physical scars, a court has heard.”
But hey! Marijuana never harmed anyone.
A 6-year-old boy who was injured in a head-on crash by a cannabis-affected driver has been left with more than just physical scars, a court has heard.
The victim was admitted to hospital after the van in which he was travelling on April 14 was hit by Aaron Kahu Ashby (32), who later told police he lost control because he sneezed while lighting a cigarette.
The boy sustained a “severe gash” to his face, as well as multiple contusions to his arms, legs and neck, Judge Michael Turner told the Dunedin District Court yesterday.
He now suffered from nightmares, a fear of travelling in vehicles – particularly at night – and required “constant reassurance”, the judge said.
Ashby previously pleaded guilty to two charges of careless driving causing injury while under the influence of a drug.
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