5 Jan 2019

New Caledonia man sentenced for causing crash that killed child

6:50 pm on 5 January 2019

A 50-year-old man in New Caledonia has been jailed for causing an accident which killed his six-year-old daughter.

The man was given a two-year sentence, of which one year is suspended, for drink driving without a licence.

On New Year's Day he drove under the influence of alcohol with his daughter near Nakety when he lost control of the car, which then fell into a river.

He managed to climb out of the sinking vehicle but his daughter, who also didn't wear a seat belt, died.

According to Les Nouvelles Caledoniennes, the man had been convicted five times in the past ten years for driving without a licence.

New Caledonia has a per capita road toll, four times higher than France.

Figures also show that about a third of accidents involve drivers without a licence.

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