A man was jailed today for culpable driving after an impromptu street race in Lilydale, Victoria, back in July 2006, resulted in the death of two people.
The County Court heard the man had incited the illegal street race against another car which, following a brief race, struck a tree at over 160km/h instantly killing its two occupants.
A jury found the man guilty of over the death of the passenger of the other car and guilty of reckless conduct endangering the life of its driver.
“Your conduct cannot be described other than as outrageous,” Judge Lisa Hannan said. “The speed at which you were travelling in the circumstances of this case made disaster almost inevitable.”
Judge Hannan accepted the man’s behaviour was out of character and that although it unlikely to happen again, said the sentence served as a general deterrence and that this was an important consideration in sentencing.
Judge Hannan went on to say that she must also consider the actions of the driver of the other car in determining culpability because he had been as equally reckless.
The man was jailed for four years and eight months with a minimum of three years.