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Girl's Age Saves Her From Prison

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Wellington, Nov 13 NZPA - The age of a high school student was the only thing that kept her out of prison when she was sentenced for her role in a fatal crash.

The girl was only 16-years-old and on a restricted driver's licence when she raced on the inside of another car down Main St in Gore before slamming into a tree and killing back-seat passenger Jeremy Cowan, 24.

Now aged 17, the high school pupil yesterday was sentenced in Gore District Court on four charges of dangerous driving causing injury and one of dangerous driving causing death, on November 25 last year, the Southland Times reported.

Judge Kevin Phillips said he would have sent the girl to jail for between 18 months and 2-1/2 years if he could but her age at the time of the offence severely restricted his sentencing options.

He sentenced her to four months' community detention, with a daily curfew of 7pm to 7am, 300 hours' community work and disqualified her from driving for 18 months.

Defence counsel Bill Dawkins said the girl had read all the victim impact reports and written letters of apology to everyone last month.

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