An Oamaru man who caused a five-car smash that left five injured and one dead was a learner driver and had smoked cannabis before getting behind the wheel.
Warrick Delaney Taylor (23) was before the Dunedin District Court this morning where he pleaded guilty to five counts of careless driving causing injury and one of careless driving causing death after the incident on June 3 this year.
Stuart Ernest Windle (64), of Kaikoura, died at the scene of the crash north of Dunedin while he was heading south to take part in the Hurricane Rodders Mid Winter Run in the city.
The court heard today how Taylor had smoked two bongs of cannabis before driving a friend to an appointment in Dunedin.
Prosecutor Sergeant Adrian Cheyne said Taylor was on a learner licence while behind the wheel of his mate’s unwarranted, unregistered Toyota.
As well as the cannabis, the defendant also stopped at Maheno to share a joint and a pre-mixed alcoholic drink with his friend, the court heard.
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