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HomeAus & NZEx-police officer Jada Manase sentenced over drink-driving crash that killed cyclist

Ex-police officer Jada Manase sentenced over drink-driving crash that killed cyclist

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By Qiuyi Tan, Open Justice reporter of

A young former police officer has been sentenced to home detention for drink-driving in a crash that killed a cyclist in 2021.

Jada Manase, then 21 and fresh out of police college, fell asleep at the wheel after a night of drinking before colliding with 69-year-old David Lane’s bicycle.

Lane’s grieving sister told the court about the shock of her younger brother’s death as Manase was sentenced on Friday afternoon.

“He was mown down by a speeding, drunk, off-duty policewoman, who was drinking all night and thought she was above the law,” Jennifer Keene said in a letter read out at the Manukau District Court by a victim adviser.

“It’s heartbreaking that Dave had only just retired that week with many plans for the future,” she wrote, “travel, moving house, a new car, cycling.”

In the wake of his death, Keene and her son had to fly from Wales, where they lived, to New Zealand to arrange his funeral and sort out his affairs.

“It was stressful sorting through his personal affairs,” she wrote, and his many friends around the world could not come to his funeral or say good-bye because of his sudden death.

The incident happened on Stancombe Road in the Auckland suburb of Flat Bush just after 8am on 17 September, 2021.

The court heard Manase was in her Nissan pick-up truck going at a speed of 68-72km/h, exceeding the speed limit of 60km/h.

Her vehicle drifted into the cycle lane, colliding with Lane, who was on his Saturday morning bike ride.

The Nissan continued, striking four parked vehicles, causing damage that was so significant two of them had to be written off.

Lane, a triathlete and former Ironman competitor, was

By Qiuyi Tan, Open Justice reporter of A young former police officer has been sentenced to home detention for drink-driving in a crash that killed a cyclist in 2021. Lane's grieving sister told the court about the shock of her younger brother's death as Manase was sentenced on Friday afternoon.

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