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Boy actor pleads guilty to driving charge

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/03/2017

Kiwi actor James Rolleston has pleaded guilty to a dangerous driving charge over a crash that left him in a coma and injured a friend.

Appearing at the Auckland District Court on Monday, the 19-year-old Boy star pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing injury over the crash last July.

Rolleston was left in an Intensive Care Unit for nearly a month after his car collided with a bridge near Opotiki, while his friend Kaleb Maxwell was also hurt.

In a statement, the actor - also known for his roles in The Dark Horse and The Dead Lands - said he was especially regretful for the harm caused to Mr Maxwell, who described as a good friend.

"I am grateful that we both survived and have the opportunity to make something of the lives we have ahead of us, despite the fact that I have a bit of recovery still ahead," he said.

"Not everyone is that fortunate. I have learned to appreciate life a lot more and to be grateful for what I have."

Rolleston said he had always planned to plead guilty.

Since the accident, he had been working within his community to promote road safety, he said.

"My hope is that this work, and the coverage of my story, will get other young people to take care on the roads for their own benefit and that of their friends and family," he said.

"I learned this the hard way but thankfully have a second chance."

He also thanked his friends, family and community for their ongoing support.

"A part of me feels that I don't deserve it after letting everyone down by my act of stupidity that night."

Rolleston will be sentenced in May.

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