The driver who died in a crash and almost killed a pregnant woman and her toddler was under the influence of methamphetamine - and had caused a near identical crash at almost the same location while on drugs six weeks earlier.

Madeleine Nadine Higginson, 27, died instantly in a crash on Awhitu Rd on February 1 2017.

She had been to Waiuku that morning to pick up caramel slice and other treats for her new girlfriend, and was on her way home when she collided with another car.

Madeleine Higginson died in a car crash in Awhitu in February 2017. She had drugs in her system when she died.
Madeleine Higginson died in a car crash in Awhitu in February 2017. She had drugs in her system when she died.

The other driver - Desire Purnell who was pregnant - was badly

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