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A woman who was high on drugs when she died in a horror head-on collision which almost killed a pregnant mother and her toddler had a similar crash on the same road just weeks earlier, a coroner has found.

Madeleine Higginson (pictured) was high on drugs when she died in a horror crash

Madeleine Higginson (pictured) was high on drugs when she died in a horror crash

New Zealand dairy farm worker Madeleine Higginson, 27, was instantly killed after she failed to take a bend and crossed onto the centre lane near Auckland in February 2017.

She had been driving home from Waiuku to pick up bakery treats for her new girlfriend when she crashed into Desire Purnell, who was left seriously injured and had to be cut from the wreckage. 

Her one-year-old son Liam asleep in back seat was uninjured while her unborn third child also survived, despite Ms Purcell suffering severe stomach bruising in the crash.

Ms Purcell found she was pregnant with her surprise 'miracle' baby, a boy later named Evan the night before the fatal crash.

He's the only child Ms Purcell and her husband conceived naturally. 

Mother of three Denise Purcell survived the fatal crash near Auckland. She had found out she had been pregnant with her youngest son Evan (pictured in her lap) the night before

Mother of three Denise Purcell survived the fatal crash near Auckland. She had found out she had been pregnant with her youngest son Evan (pictured in her lap) the night before

A recent inquest has found Ms Higginson was responsible and died from her injuries suffered in the crash.

Methamphetamine, amphetamine, cannabis and tetrahydrocannabinol were in her system at the time, which were contributing factors. 

'Both fatigue and inattention were identified as possible contributing factors to the collision,' Coroner Debra Bell said in her report obtained by the New Zealand Herald.

'Evidence of fatigue included Ms Higginson's lack of steering or braking to avoid the collision, her lack of sleep, and her consumption of methamphetamine and cannabis.' 

Coroner Bell found Ms Higginson also wasn't wearing a seatbelt at the time and may have been going too fast around the bend. 

Her report also revealed Ms Higginson was airlifted to hospital

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