You have to wonder at the mentality, or lack thereof of a person whose son was more than twice the legal blood alcohol limits, driving at 120km/h in a 50km/h speed zone and smashes himself into a power pole…and she wants someone else held accountable for his death.
Emergency workers have described how they watched signs of life ebb away from an Auckland man trapped inside a wreckage surrounded by live power-lines.
Meanwhile “anxious” lines company workers looked for the power box.
The emergency workers couldn’t reach Raymond Tuporo for more than two hours and the 26-year-old died as a result of severe injuries suffered in the September 2, 2012, crash.
A coroner’s inquest in Auckland today heard Mr Tuporo, known as Ray, lost control on a corner, drove over a curb and smashed into a power pole on Neilson St in Onehunga about 2.15am.
A police investigation found Mr Tuporo was driving about 120km/h in a 50km/h zone and had a blood alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit.
Ambulance officer Andrew Christie said when he arrived at the scene Mr Tuporo was severely injured and only his upper chest and head were visible.
“He was able to lift his head and respond to us with incomprehensible words and groans. His breathing was rapid and shallow.” Medical staff kept regular checks on Mr Tuporo, from as close as they could get to him, but his responses were declining.
Shortly before 3am, Northpower employees arrived and said they would isolate the affected area in 15 to 20 minutes.
But more than an hour later, at 4.10am, they still hadn’t done so.
Mr Christie said the workers were “looking anxious” and said they couldn’t find the appropriate power box.
By 4.35am power was off and cutting equipment was put to work to free Mr Tuporo.
Five minutes later ambulance staff finally reached him, but he was dead, Mr Christie said.
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