An 18-year-old lady within the entrance passenger seat suffered a damaged sternum however she and Currie had been spared extra severe damage by the Mazda’s airbags. They had been on their method to meet mates that night time, having watched the AFL grand last collectively the day gone by.
Now 20, Currie has pleaded responsible to 2 counts of culpable driving inflicting demise, negligently inflicting severe damage and different expenses.
Currie didn’t name triple zero or assist his mates within the moments after the crash, prosecutor Angela Moran advised the County Court docket on Thursday and as an alternative referred to as his father and one of many mates he had meant to satisfy.
There have been no indicators of alcohol or medicine in Currie’s system, however the courtroom heard of different proof that highlighted the hazard the apprentice carpenter posed on the street.
One in all his passengers advised police he was infamous for rushing, “particularly when he has ladies within the automobile” and that mates had beforehand advised Currie to decelerate.
Footage taken from the dashboard digital camera confirmed Currie frequently drove at excessive speeds in what Ms Moran described as a “pastime” and stated was “deliberate leisure hooning”.
Within the weeks earlier than the crash, he drove at 178km/h in a 70km/h zone in a drag race with one other driver. He had additionally accrued seven demerit factors with VicRoads.
Ms Barnett’s mother, Samantha, said she was concerned Currie was a danger and hoped her daughter’s demise would warn others they needed to belief their drivers.
“You had been accountable to maintain her secure,” she stated, crying as she learn her sufferer affect assertion.
“She took a threat and it price her her life. I’ll by no means forgive you for that.”
The teenager was a sort, blissful and affected person younger lady with a expertise for images, and her mom needed Currie to see Jacinta’s youthful sister to grasp the ache he had precipitated.
Mr Juriansz’s household stated there was not laughter of their house. Thought to be variety and useful, Mr Juriansz was driving the automobile he rebuilt to help a pal.
Mr Juriansz’s brother, Royen, stated the crash had “ruined my life and ruined so many individuals’s lives”.
Mr Smeraldo and his household additionally accomplished sufferer statements however they weren’t learn to courtroom.
Currie wrote a letter of apology, however the victims’ households did not wish to hear it.
Currie was remorseful, defence counsel David Hallowes, SC, stated for “grossly extreme” rushing that had “catastrophic penalties”.
Decide Michael McInerney was requested to think about what affect, if any, Currie’s ADHD had on his actions.
Decide McInerney additionally questioned whether or not Mr Juriansz contributed to the collision as he was required to provide means earlier than he drove throughout the most important street.
However the prosecutor stated Mr Juriansz would have been unable to understand the hazard of Currie’s “extraordinary pace” in a 70km/h zone when solely one of many Mazda’s headlights was working.
Currie is now in custody and shall be sentenced subsequent month.
Adam Cooper joined The Age in 2011 after a decade with AAP. Electronic mail or tweet Adam together with your information suggestions.