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Woman sentenced after son killed in crash.

September 24, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

A Wairarapa mother who crashed her car, killing her four-year-old son, was given community sentences in the High Court at Wellington today. Wendy-May Connon was found guilty in July of the manslaughter of Konrad Truger. She was sentenced today to six months’ community detention, two years’ intensive supervision including drug counselling and psychiatric assessment, 200 hours’ community work in road safety and child welfare areas, and was disqualified from driving for two years.

Connon was behind the wheel when her car left the road in Featherston, flipping and rolling several times, on January 16 last year. Konrad was thrown about 30m from the vehicle. He suffered severe brain injuries and died three days later. Crown prosecutor Mark O’Donoghue told the jury Connon was impaired from the cannabis in her system, she had also been speeding, and Konrad was only secured by a lap belt and wasn’t sitting in a booster seat.

Community service for manslaughter? Only in New Zealand! I remember reading about this when it first happened, she apparently was stoned and told her children that she wanted to see how fast her car would go. The little boy that died was in the middle of the rear seat because the two side seats were taken up by her dog (which was obviously more important to her than her son), and one of her daughters, both survived the crash.

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