A man who fled the scene of a car crash that left his two passengers unconscious in the back seat will miss the birth of his first child after being jailed.
Kurtis John Burnett-Greenland was 19, unlicensed and speeding when his car spun out of control at Zillmere in May last year.
The Brisbane District Court heard he was uninjured when it hit a power pole.
But the two passengers in the back seat, who were not wearing seat belts, were knocked unconscious.
One suffered bruising while the other, a 16-year-old male, required extensive surgery for multiple fractures and internal bleeding.
Burnett-Greenland fled the scene and returned to a party the trio had been attending.
He told police he had been upstairs asleep and had no knowledge of the crash.
But he handed himself in the next morning and admitted his involvement.
He pleaded guilty on Monday to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing grievous bodily harm and leaving the scene.
The court heard Burnett-Greenland, a boilermaker, was of good character, despite having a history of traffic offences.
His girlfriend, with whom he is expecting his first child in November, was in court to support him.
She wept as Judge Greg Koppenol said he would miss the birth, as he sentenced him to two-and-a-half years' jail.
He ordered Burnett-Greenland be released on parole in January next year.