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Meth mum admits crash that killed daughter

07:52 Wed Aug 29 2012

An Auckland woman has admitted to driving under the influence of methamphetamine and causing a crash that killed her 12-year-old daughter.

Toni Ericksen, 33, had previously denied causing the death of her daughter Bryer Greenwood, along with other charges, and was due to stand trial this week.

Bryer died in hospital from traumatic brain injuries following the two-vehicle crash just north of Helensville in July last year.

Ericksen changed her plea to guilty on August 21 and has also admitted injuring her eight-year-old daughter Gemma Greenwood and another motorist in the same crash while under the influence of drugs, the New Zealand Herald reports.

At the time of the crash Ericksen was driving Bryer and Gemma home from netball. Their vehicle collided with a four-wheel-drive on the Kaipara Coast Highway.

Ericksen is due to be sentenced on November 30. She faces a maximum penalty of five years in jail or a fine of $20,000.

The charges:

* Causing a crash that killed her 12-year-old daughter

* Causing a crash that injured her eight-year-old daughter and another motorist

* Driving while under the influence of methamphetamine

* Being an unlicensed driver and driving while prohibited.