Another day; another young person is killed on our roads, and a child is left without a mother - the Dom-Post reports:
A young Masterton mother was thrown from a car and killed instantly in a crash that police say involved alcohol.
Hours before the car slammed into a power pole, the driver of the car joked online about drink-driving.
Aimee Wilson, 23, died shortly before midnight on Tuesday, north of Masterton on State Highway 2. Two other passengers were trapped in the car and are in Wellington Hospital, one seriously ill.
Then we get to the guts of the story (our emphasis added):
Police say the driver will face criminal charges once their investigation is complete. He is understood to be Mitchell Sveistrup, 21, who posted comments on his Facebook page on Tuesday afternoon joking about drink-driving.
When friends replied accusing him of drinking and driving, he replied: "Shhh". The comments were removed yesterday afternoon.
Mr Sveistrup is also a fan of the Facebook group "burnouts should be legal (`F,U' cops)".
Ms Wilson's best friend, Kelly Crompton, who lost her cousin in almost identical circumstances three years ago, said yesterday she did not blame Mr Sveistrup, who was a good friend of Ms Wilson. "He's a big mess at the moment."
We're glad that someone has sympathy for Mitchell Sveistrup; we don't. The advertising slogan says it all; if you drink and drive, you're a bloody idiot.
We've driven when we shouldn't have before, in our younger days. It's not something that we're proud of. We certainly wouldn't have boasted about it via social media. Nor have we ever wrapped a car around a power pole.
Ms Crompton's loyalty is on one hand commendable, but it is in our opinion misplaced. Mitchell Sveistrup IS, in all probability to blame for the death of her friend.
In the meantime, will Aimee Wilson's death stop young people from going out, getting trashed, driving and crashing? Of course it won't. That is, in itself, a tragedy.