P-plater jailed over crash death
Kayla-Michelle Spiteri was killed in the crash. Picture: Facebook

A P-plater has been jailed for 10 months for "callously and selfishly" fleeing the scene of a crash that claimed the life of a 21-year-old Perth mother.

Quade Karsum Jones walked 2km with a broken foot, fractured collarbone and deep cut to his knee after leaving a serious crash in Orange Grove where Kayla-Michelle Spiteri lay fatally injured.

The force of the crash caused Ms Spiteri's car to split in two.

Jones - who tested positive for cannabis and methamphetamine and had a blood-alcohol reading of 0.067 after police arrested him in hospital - was jailed today after pleading guilty to charges of failing to stop and render assistance and failing to report the February 3 crash to police.

Ms Spiteri's mother wept in court as Jones was sentenced today.

Jones was charged with dangerous driving causing death but the charge was later dropped after a police report found a reasonable sober driver could not have avoided the collision.

Jones - who had had alcohol and cannabis that day - crashed into Ms Spiteri's car after she started turning through an intersection in Orange Grove behind another car, the court was told.

District Court Judge Andrew Stavrianou said Jones had shown a callous and selfish disregard for Ms Spiteri's welfare but he noted that the 21-year-old was not to be sentenced for her death because he would not have been able to avoid the crash.

Prosecutors argued for Jones to receive an immediate jail term, saying there was a need to send a strong message to the community and his decision to flee the scene had been self-serving because he was more concerned about the consequences for himself.

Defence lawyer Jim Brash said his client, who was extremely remorseful, had panicked.

In a letter read to the court, Jones said not a day went by when the crash did not cross his mind.

"I just freaked out and didn't know what to do," he wrote.

Judge Stavrianou said Jones' actions had been selfish and he was indifferent to the consequences of his conduct.

He said Jones - who was a P-plater - knew he should not have been behind the wheel.

He said the offences were too serious to allow the jail term to be suspended.

Jones was jailed for a total of 10 months and his licence suspended for two years.

Outside court, Jones' father, Dean, said his son was very remorseful.

"He's very sorry for what's happened," he said.

"It was selfish running off. I think he just got panicked.

"My son is very sorry. I really feel sorry for the family."

The West Australian

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