The airbags in Currie’s automobile spared him and his front-seat passenger, a younger lady, from severe damage.
Currie, 20, was on Tuesday jailed for 11 years and 6 months after he pleaded responsible to 2 counts of culpable driving inflicting demise, negligently inflicting severe damage and different prices.
The County Courtroom was beforehand instructed the apprentice carpenter, 19 on the time of the crash, had a historical past of hooning and drove at excessive speeds within the weeks earlier than the crash – together with going 178km/h in a drag race – in line with footage from his dashboard digital camera.
Decide Michael McInerney mentioned Currie had induced “profound loss” to the households of his victims by way of gross negligence when he ought to have been chargeable for his passengers’ security and that of different street customers.
However the choose imposed an extended parole interval given Currie’s younger age, his regret, early plea of responsible and the necessity for him to reform. Currie was recognized with post-traumatic stress dysfunction after the crash.
“Given the tragedy and the gross driving concerned, there’s a want for the courtroom to mark and punish these crimes and that in these circumstances the influence of youth should be moderated,” Decide McInerney mentioned.
It was in the neighborhood’s greatest curiosity that Currie be given each likelihood to reform, the choose mentioned.
Currie and his passengers have been on their option to meet mates on the evening of the crash, having watched the AFL grand last collectively the day earlier than.
There was no proof of alcohol or medicine in his system.
One other motorist described seeing Currie’s automobile travelling like a “bullet” within the moments earlier than the crash, whereas one other mentioned the Mazda was “flying” at excessive velocity.
Decide McInerney discovered Mr Juriansz’s driving contributed to the crash, as he started crossing Ferntree Gully Highway from a facet avenue when he ought to have given method.
Prosecutors had argued Mr Juriansz wouldn’t have been capable of respect the danger the opposite automobile posed, given Currie’s automobile had just one working headlight that evening and was shifting so quick.
Decide McInerney decreased Currie’s sentence on the cost associated to Mr Juriansz’s demise, however discovered there was no discount in his culpability over the opposite prices.
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