Dad screamed 'I need a bullet' after killing six-year-old son in 80mph fireball car crash & begged to swap places

A DISTRAUGHT dad screamed "I need a bullet" after killing his six-year-old son in a 80mph fireball car crash.

Niklas Gebhardt, 32, is said to have begged to swap places with his son Lachlan after the horror smash in Rangiora, New Zealand.



Gebhardt was reportedly speeding at 80mph as he went into a bend – where the limit was 15mph – and made no attempt to break before the car left the road on on November 5, 2019.

The car burst into flames after it smashed into a tree and while Gebhard was dragged out of the inferno by another motorist, Lachlan tragically died inside.

After being pulled to safety, Gebhardt was reportedly heard saying: "Put me back in, swap me with my son, I want to swap.

"My son’s in the back, he’s such a good boy, he’s such a nice boy, I want to swap. I need a bullet."

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Gebhardt has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the High Court at Christchurch, according to Stuff.

He will be sentenced on August 3.

Gebhardt shared custody of the boy with his ex-partner Kim Manson and he had arranged to pick him up at 4pm from a swimming pool in Rangiora, the court heard.

After putting Lachlan in the back of the car, he started speeding and was reported to have overtaken a car and then sharply swerved back into his own lane to avoid another vehicle.

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The dad continued driving dangerously until he got to a sharp bend and the car left the road and hit a tree.

According to reports, investigators found the car travelled 24 metres horizontally and seven metres vertically before hitting a tree.

Motorists rushed to the fireball crash and Gebhardt was pulled from the car before the blaze became too intense to see if anyone else was inside.

Gebhardt suffered 30 per cent burns and a fractured femur in the crash.

He claimed he didn't remember anything about the crash when he was interviewed by police seven weeks after his son's death.

But he was later charged with manslaughter.

In September, 2020, 10 months after the crash, he reportedly walked into a police station, took his clothes off, refused to put them back on, and asked the cops to put him in prison.

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He appeared in court and was charged with indecent exposure and was sentenced to a month in jail.

His lawyer said Gebhardt was "having difficulty" with trauma issues.

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