Frenchman sentenced for quadruple fatality crash in Hauraki

  • 28/08/2017
Car crash sentence
The crash, which occurred in heavy fog, caused his rental car to become airborne before landing in a ditch on State Highway 2. Photo credit: Supplied

A Frenchman who caused a quadruple fatality in Hauraki in June has been sentenced to 10 months home detention and ordered to pay $20,000 in reparations to one of the victims' families.

Melvin De Costa, 25, killed three of his friends and a Paeroa man in a fiery blaze while travelling more than 120km/h passing a milk tanker when he crashed into a BMW at Netherton, near Paeroa, on June 17.

The crash, which occurred in heavy fog, caused his rental car to become airborne before coming to rest over a barrier, deep in a roadside ditch on State Highway 2.

Mr De Costa admitted last month to dangerous driving causing the deaths of Reece Growden-Olsen, and tourists Islem Merad-Boudia, Soufaine Sadek and Hugo Defacques.

He also pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing injury to another passenger, Corentin Nantillet, who was seriously hurt.

Judge Kim Saunders said in passing sentence that Mr De Costa was extremely remorseful for what had happened, but had committed a gross error of judgement through plainly dangerous driving.

The family of Mr Growden-Olsen, who was expecting his first child when the accident claimed his life, will receive the emotional harm reparation.

Mr De Costa was also disqualified from driving for three years.

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