Sunday, July 14, 2013

Motoring Fatality P-Plate Driver Drunk Speeding Passenger Death Jailed 3 years min. Culpable Driving causing Death Herald Sun June 3rd 2013

Alexander Shane Booth jailed for six years for killing his mate Lee Davy in a high-speed crash

Lee Davy died in a high-speed ute crash at Pakenham, with his friend Alexander Booth behind the wheel. Picture: HWT librarySource: HWT Image Library
Lee Davy, road crash victim
Fatal P-plate crash, Lee Davy
Fatal P-plate crash, Lee Davy
Fatal P-plate crash, Lee Davy
A DRUNK teen P-plater who killed his mate after ploughing into a tree at high speed has been jailed for at least three years.
Alexander Booth, then 18, received a chilling warning in a text message shortly before the fatal collision in the early hours of January 15, last year.
"Youse are d---s, don’t crash," it read.
After evading police for a second time, Booth – who had a blood alcohol reading of 0.12 per cent and was travelling at speeds of at least 150 km/h – lost control of the silver ute on McGregor Road, Pakenham.
Nineteen-year-old Lee Davy, unrestrained in the passenger side, died from head injuries.
County Court judge Christopher Ryan said Booth had been discouraged from driving numerous times that night and was offered lifts and money for a taxi.
He said the two teens were pouring beer all over each other and chasing one another up the road prior to the crash.
Booth, now 20, pleaded guilty to culpable driving causing death last month.
After killing his friend, Booth abandoned his trade, broke up with his girlfriend and fell into deep depression, requiring hospitalisation and anti-psychotic medication.
The court heard Booth regularly visited Mr Davy’s grave, slept with a photo of him beside his bed and had tattooed his body with an image of his deceased friend.
In sentencing Booth to six years’ imprisonment today, Judge Ryan said he had no doubt the young man was truly remorseful, but he still had to be punished.
"You have your entire adult life ahead of you and inevitably a substantial part of the freedom that is associated with the bloom of youth will be taken away from you,'' he said.
"But for this tragic event, it is very unlikely you would ever see the inside of a prison cell.''
The judge said Mr Davy’s parents bore no animosity, but were compassionate and understanding of Booth’s predicament.
The offence carries a maximum penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment.

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