Fatal crash drugged-driver jailed

Nicole Marie Reynolds in the dock at the District Court at Tauranga today.Photo: Andrew Campbell.

A Mount Maunganui woman who drove into three people, killing two and seriously injuring the third has been sentenced to prison.

Nicole Marie Reynolds, 40, was sentenced to three years and six months when she appeared in the District Court at Tauranga this afternoon.

The sentencing comes after she had earlier pleaded guilty to two charges of drug impaired driving causing death and one charge of drug impaired driving causing injury at SH29 Maungatapu on July 29 last year.

She told police she didn’t know she had hit someone until her windscreen smashed.

A blood test found Reynolds was driving under the influence of methadone, a Class B drug, and the class C drugs Lorazepam and Clonazepam.

A witness told police Reynolds’ vehicle was swerving within its lane and travelling at 85km/h in the 100km/h zone shortly before she struck the people who were changing a flat tyre.

The impact of the crash killed Kenny McCrae, 52, and Leigh Antoinette Rhodes, 60.

Leigh was standing near the rear of the vehicle waving a white wheel cover to alert traffic to the two men changing the rear tyre.

Reynolds struck Leigh, throwing her 30 metres from where she was standing and then struck Kenny, and Leigh’s partner Lance Carter.

Leigh died a short time later and Kenny died at the scene.

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