A disqualified and drunk driver was fleeing from police when he crashed into a parked car in Cambridge on September 27.
Cameron Thomas, 34, Tuesday pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Shane Hohepa at the High Court at Hamilton on Tuesday.
He also admitted to two charges of reckless driving causing injury and failing to render assistance to the victims of the crash.
Thomas was spotted by a patrol car in Leamington that night after a member of the public reported he had been driving erratically.
An officer flashed the blue and red lights at him but he decided to flee the scene at high speed with his three passengers.
A short time later, Thomas lost control of his BMW on Scott Street and slammed into a stationary vehicle, sending his car into a tale spin 100 metres up the road before it came to a stop.
Mr Hohepa died at the scene while the other two passengers were taken to Waikato Hospital with head injuries.
Thomas, who was largely uninjured, ran from the car without helping the victims and was apprehended with the help of the public just up the road.
He was breath tested and found to be more than twice the legal limit to be driving a motor vehicle.
When spoken to by police, Thomas admitted he had been drinking and had to failed to stop because he was disqualified.