A Melbourne teenager fleeing after committing a burglary crashed his stolen Audi and killed a young driver before running away from the scene.
The unlicensed 18-year-old of Broadmeadows, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty in a County Court on Tuesday to culpable driving causing the death of Timothy Jellis, 25, at Taylors Lakes.
Mr Jellis was driving home from a birthday party about 1am on October 24, when the accused driver sped through a red light after committing a burglary and hit him.
On Tuesday, the dead man's parents gave emotional tributes to their sports-mad son with an infectious smile.
"I really miss my boy and will always miss him," Peter Jellis read in his victim statement, to the County Court.
"Only through God and people's prayers have I managed to get through this.
"He was a wonderful son."
Glenyce Jellis said she had lost not only a son but a great friend who had grown into a fine young man.
"Every day there are constant reminders of Tim," she told the court.
"My life has been turned upside down and will never be the same again.
"Nothing can and will ever replace him.
"He was a much loved son."
The accused youth, who was 17 at the time, also pleaded guilty to theft and burglary during his plea hearing.
He and two co-offenders, who have already been dealt with in a children's court, were intending to commit a burglary in the $74,000 Audi, earlier stolen from Sandringham, prosecutor Peter Rose said.
They went to Watergardens shopping centre, smashing a door with a crowbar before speeding off when they came to the attention of security.
One witness estimated the Audi was travelling up to 100km/h in a 60km/h zone before hitting Mr Jellis' car.
The trio ran from the crash scene without offering assistance and the Audi was later found written off.
Mr Rose said although the accused had never held a driver's licence, he was already banned from driving in Victoria due to unlicensed driving.