Sobbing in court as teen pleads guilty to charges over ute crash that killed 18-year-old at Auckland beach

A teenager has pled guilty to all four charges over an Auckland crash that killed a 17-year-old student.

Judge Nevin Dawson granted continued interim name suppression for the 18-year-old at the North Shore District Court this morning.

Robbie Cederwall, 17, is being mourned by his friends and family after he died this morning. Source: 1 NEWS

The 18-year-old was allegedly doing donuts at Rothesay Bay after midnight on June 24th when the ute he was driving flipped.

Several passengers were riding both inside the cab and on the back of the ute tray.

Police said the vehicle was righted and the driver fled the scene.

The defendant was originally charged with dangerous driving causing injury, but police added three more charges earlier this week.

He now faces charges of driving dangerously causing death, failing to stop or ascertain injury and excess breath alcohol for a person under 20.

Sobbing could be heard in the court after the pleas were entered.

Defence lawyer Steve Cullen said the circumstances were causing the 18-year-old an enormous amount of stress.

Robbie Cederwall, 17, was seriously injured in the crash and was taken to hospital, while six other victims were left with minor to moderate injuries.

Robbie died in hospital two days later on June 26.

His vital organs were donated and his family say they helped saved five lives.

The 18-year-old is due to re-appear in court again in October.




1 NEWS Community: Auckland driving school helping migrants and former refugees gain independence on the road

An Auckland driving school specialising in support for young people, migrants and former refugees is fundraising to buy a second practice car.

The Puketapapa Community Driving School is a community-run social enterprise that provides access to vehicles, volunteer mentor drivers specialising in language support and subsidised training and testing.

The driving school is committed to helping young people, new migrants, ethnic women and people in resettled communities.

"With them getting their licence it actually opens the door for them to get a job," volunteer mentor driver, John Lynne told 1 NEWS.

Since launching in December 2017 the school has helped more than 100 ethnic women and former refugees get on the road.

But there is still more than 100 people on a wait list.

The Migrant Action Trust, a charity helping migrants and refugees in New Zealand, set up a Givealittle page to raise money to buy another practice car, driving simulator and free driving lessons for those who face the biggest barriers to getting their licence.

The Mt Roskill Community Policing Team have also jumped on board offering their time to help mentor learner drivers.

"It was a great opportunity for us to get involved in the community, but also teach our new immigrants how to be safe and feel safe on the roads," Sergeant Dylan Hannah-Johns told 1 NEWS.

"Seeing new immigrants also gain their independence in society is a really rewarding thing as well for us."

The Puketapapa Driving School needs another practice car to be able to help more than 100 people on their waiting list. Source: 1 NEWS