Speedster jailed for deadly Vic crash

Georgie Moore
·2-min read

A man has been jailed for nearly 12 years for killing two people and leaving another paralysed in a speeding Melbourne car crash.

Hayden Currie T-boned Shannon Juriansz's car at 149km/h, causing it to burst into flames at Oakleigh in September 2019.

Mr Juriansz, 21, died instantly.

One of Currie's friends and back seat passengers, 19-year-old Jacinta Barnett, died in hospital.

Another, 18-year-old Lucca Smeraldo, survived but was left a paraplegic.

Instead of phoning triple-zero, Currie called his father and then a friend to say he'd had a bad accident.

Now 20, he was sentenced in Victoria's County Court on Tuesday to a maximum of 11-and-a-half years' jail.

The fatal crash wasn't the first time Currie drove dangerously.

Just 11 days earlier, he was recorded racing at speeds of up to 178km/h along the same road.

Judge Michael McInerney said the case showed just how hard it was to protect young people from themselves, at an age where they tended to think they were "bullet proof".

Witnesses described Currie's car as "bullet-like", "a flash" and "flying" at 168km/h before the 19-year-old P-plater slammed on the brakes and struck Mr Juriansz's vehicle.

Currie told paramedics he'd drunk about 15 Corona beers the previous evening to mark the AFL grand final, and one eight hours before the crash.

A blood test revealed there was no alcohol in his system at the time.

Mr Juriansz's tested positive to cannabis after his death. He hadn't been speeding.

Judge McInerney said the man would have been able to see Currie's car coming had he looked both ways before driving into the intersection.

But whatever contribution Mr Juriansz had to the crash was overwhelmed by Currie's dangerous driving, the judge added.

He hoped the tragedy would serve as a lesson to other young people on the roads.

Currie pleaded guilty to two charges each of culpable driving causing death and conduct endangering life, as well as one count of negligently causing serious injury.

He has post-traumatic stress disorder and ADHD. The court was previously told he was insecure with low self-esteem, and prone to taking risks to impress his friends.

Currie wrote an apology letter to his victims' families.

He must serve six years before he can be considered eligible for release on parole.