The Herald reports:
With two convictions for drunk driving, teenager Aizaeah Tarawa played “Russian roulette” with devastating consequences when he got behind the wheel drunk again and killed a Northland mother and her baby girl.
Tarawa, aged 19, was drunk, speeding, overtaking and crashed head-on with a family travelling in the opposite direction on State Highway 1 near Topuni, on March 30 this year.
Kaiwaka mother Janiah Fairburn, 20, and her 2-year-old daughter, Azarliyah, died on the roadside while Fairburn’s partner, Henare Hadfield, 20, suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung and 1-year-old son, Te Tairawhiti Hadfield, suffered a fractured neck.
Two dead and two injured from a recidivist drunk driver.
Tarawa’s behaviour after the fatal crash was “truly terrible” and instead of staying to help the injured, he got in a car with relatives who had been following and left the scene.
When he was found by police near Albany, Tarawa denied driving and did not remember the crash as he had been asleep.
Fled the scene and lied about it.
A breath test revealed he had a breath alcohol level of 768 micrograms – the limit for a driver aged 19 and under is zero.
It’s also three times the legal limit for adults.
On the two charges of excess breath alcohol causing death he was jailed for four years and three months and on the two charges of excess breath alcohol causing injury he was sentenced to two years jail. Both sentences were to be served concurrently.
51 months for two preventable deaths. He could be out on parole in 17 months.