A New Zealand woman who killed a teenage boy with her car while she was drunk and stoned at the wheel insists she is not ‘a monster’. Rouxle Le
A New Zealand woman who killed a teenage boy with her car while she was drunk and stoned at the wheel insists she is not ‘a monster’.
The teenager took 16 hours to hand herself in to police by which time the alcohol and marijuana she took that night were untraceable.
Since the incident Le Roux said she has had to battle nightmares and still lives with the horror of that day.
New Zealand woman Rouxle Le Roux, 19, (pictured) hit and killed 15-year-old Nathan Kraatskow in Auckland, New Zealand on May 18, 2018
Le Roux was driving two friends home and hit Nathan Kraatskow (pictured) at an intersection in Auckland, New Zealand on May 18, 2018
‘The nightmares are less frequent but I don’t stop thinking about him. You can wake up from a nightmare but this is the reality I face all the time,’ Le Roux told the New Zealand Herald.
Le Roux says she can’t forgive herself for what happened but says she is not the evil person she is made out to be.
‘I think about what happened all the time and what I took away from his family. I know they don’t see me in the best eyes and I don’t blame them. They lost their son because of me but I am not the monster I have been portrayed to be,’ she said.
Le Roux took to social media to say she knew her words and actions would always come under extra scrutiny because she is now ‘the bad guy’.
‘No matter what I say or how I say it my words are always going to be taken out of context by the people that are opinionated about me,’ she posted.
‘So go ahead and hate all your heart desires because at the end of the day it shows more about you as a person.’
Le Roux’s sentence of 11 months home detention, community work and no driving for two-and-a-half years sparked outrage and more than 185,000 signed a petition urging Nathan’s parents to appeal it.
But Le Roux says she is a changed woman and has not had a drink or driven since her sentence.
Le Roux said she thinks about Nathan (pictured) everyday and still has nightmares about the incident which caused his death
Le Roux was driving two friends home and hit Nathan at an intersection as he rode through a red light without a helmet while he had headphones in.
She claimed she knew she hit something but didn’t know it was a person, and he friends told her to keep driving.
Le Roux also wrote letter to the judge and Nathan’s family in an attempt to explain her actions.
But she accepts that saying ‘sorry’ to the victim’s parents was not good enough.
In September Nathan’s mother Charlene Kraatskow spoke at an MPs select committee about home detention and described it as a ‘holiday at home’.
Le Roux refuted this claim and said it was ‘definitely a punishment’.
She has now found a job as a cleaner and dreams of one day working on superyachts and travelling the world.
Next month is Le Roux’s 21st birthday and she plans to celebrate by having a glass of wine.
It will be 19 months before she can drive again.
Le Roux (pictured) was sentenced to 11 months home detention, community work and no driving for two-and-a-half years