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Dad caused son s crash death
Dad caused son's crash death

The father of a three year-old boy has admitted causing his death when he crashed his illegally modified car into a tree in Caversham.

Michael Brian Newman was travelling with his son Dre in a booster seat in the rear of the V8 when careered off West Swan Road in Caversham in May 2012.

The youngster died from head injuries.

Newman was due to face trial in Perth’s District Court today, but instead pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving causing the death.

The court was told that a $200 modification to the 2001 model Holden Commodore VXSS, known as a mini-spool which caused both rear wheels to turn at the same speed, rendered the car unroadworthy, not licensable, and dangerous when driven.

As Newman was driving along West Swan Road, he manually changed down a gear from third gear into second gear, and then accelerated causing the rear wheels of the car to lose traction with the road surface, and spin.

The car fishtailed for 30 metres, left the road and slid into the tree. Dre suffered serious head injuries and died at the scene.

The West Australian

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