Guilty plea on quad bike fatality
The man driving a quad bike that contributed to the death of promising sportsman Andrew Paul Grubb has pleaded guilty.
In the Alexandra District Court last week, Cody Ethan Mitchell, 23, engineer, of Cromwell, pleaded guilty to a charge of careless use of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs causing death.
Grubb, 20, of Palmerston, was a passenger on the quad bike Mitchell was driving when he fell from it on September 11.
He died from his injuries five days later in Dunedin Hospital.
Friends and family were in court supporting Mitchell and Grubb’s parents watched from the public gallery.
Police prosector Sergeant Ian Collin asked that Mitchell’s bail conditions include residing in Cromwell and that he not drive a motor vehicle.
Judge Dominic Flatley convicted Mitchell and remanded him on bail to undergo a drug and alcohol assessment and complete restorative justice with Grubb’s family.
Flatley did not have the summary of facts read.
Mitchell will be sentenced on February 15.
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