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Driver jailed over crash that killed two people and paralysed teen

The airbags in Currie’s car spared him and his front-seat passenger, a young woman, from serious injury.

Currie, 20, was on Tuesday jailed for 11 years and six months after he pleaded guilty to two counts of culpable driving causing death, negligently causing serious injury and other charges.

Lorenzo Juriansz.

Lorenzo Juriansz.

The County Court was previously told the apprentice carpenter, 19 at the time of the crash, had a history of hooning and drove at high speeds in the weeks before the crash – including going 178km/h in a drag race – according to footage from his dashboard camera.

Judge Michael McInerney said Currie had caused “profound loss” to the families of his victims through gross negligence when he should have been responsible for his passengers’ safety and that of other road users.

But the judge imposed a longer parole period given Currie’s young age, his remorse, an early plea of guilty and the need for him to reform. Currie was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after the crash.

“Given the tragedy and the gross driving involved, there is a need for the court to mark and punish these crimes and that in those circumstances the impact of youth must be moderated,” Judge McInerney said.

Jacinta Barnett died in hospital after the car crash.

Jacinta Barnett died in hospital after the car crash.Credit:Facebook

It was in the community’s best interest that Currie be given every chance to reform, the judge said.

Currie and his passengers were on their way to meet friends on the night of the crash, having watched the AFL grand final together the day before.

There was no evidence of alcohol or drugs in his system.

Another motorist described seeing Currie’s car travelling like a “bullet” in the moments before the crash, while another said the Mazda was “flying” at high speed.

Judge McInerney found Mr Juriansz’s driving contributed to the crash, as he began crossing Ferntree Gully Road from a side street when he should have given way.

Prosecutors had argued Mr Juriansz would not have been able to appreciate the risk the other car posed, given Currie’s car had only one working headlight that night and was moving so fast.

Judge McInerney reduced Currie’s sentence on the charge related to Mr Juriansz’s death, but found there was no reduction in his culpability over the other charges.

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