Fatal Vic drug driver gets 9 years jail
Fatal Vic drug driver gets 9 years' jail

A Melbourne driver high on drugs when he killed a teenage pedestrian and left another brain damaged behaved like a coward, said the judge who jailed him for more than nine years.

County Court Judge Carolyn Douglas said Steven Vasilevski's driving was "extremely serious and chilling" when he killed Anthony Nguyen and seriously injured Jasmine Vuong, both 17, at a pedestrian crossing, in 2015.

Vasilevski ran a red light in Delahey and mowed down the teenagers shortly before midnight, then drove home without stopping or calling for help.

"You behaved in a cowardly manner," Judge Douglas said.

"You left each young person lying on the road.

"Fortunately for the community, your attempt to avoid the consequences of your actions failed."

Vasilevski, 35, of Hillside, was jailed on Tuesday for nine years and seven months after pleading guilty to multiple charges including dangerous driving causing death and serious injury.

Supporters of both victims packed the court to hear of his appalling driving in the lead up to the crash after snorting a white powder he believed was cocaine.

Vasilevski drove erratically, down the wrong side of the road, hitting a stationary car without stopping and running a red light.

He had a near-miss with pedestrians and was seen falling asleep at the wheel before being caught by police, whom he then asked to take him to buy some "gear".

When freed, Vasilevski stole a forklift and drove erratically on the road for eight kilometres before being arrested again. He was released the morning of the day of the crash.

Judge Douglas said his moral culpability was high and he had limited insight into his actions.

The court heard he spent a considerable part of his life using drugs and went downhill after a relationship break-up.

Surviving victim, Ms Vuong, told the court she continued to suffer psychological problems and unbearable pain.

"My life as I knew it has completely changed for the worst. Physically and emotionally, I'm a different person," she said.

"I didn't deserve any of this, neither did Anthony."

Major collisions unit Detective Acting Sergeant Trevor Collins said drug affected drivers put the community at risk of death or serious injury.

The case also served as a reminder that drivers who failed to stop and help after a crash would be caught, he said.

Vasilevski must serve a minimum seven-and-a-half years. His driver's licence was cancelled for four years.

AAP

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