Jail for driver who killed best mate in horror crash
A DECEPTION Bay man who killed his best mate in a high-speed crash while on their way to work will spend the next 11 months behind bars.
Jason Michael Horvath, 25, pleaded guilty in the Brisbane District Court last week to dangerous operation on a motor vehicle which resulted in the death of his passenger Tony Reid.
Crown Prosecutor Patrina Colhessy told the court Mr Reid was killed instantly in the crash which occurred just after dawn on October 24, 2012, in a suburban street.
She said Horvath was travelling at more than 20km per hour over the speed limit when the crash occurred.
"Horvath was driving his Nissan Skyline along Apex Street at Kippa Ring, well above the posted speed limit, and did not notice another car enter the intersection in front of him," she said.
"He ploughed into that car before travelling a further distance and slamming into a power pole.
"Mr Reid suffered severe head injures as a result of the crash and died instantly."
Ms Colhessy said speed had played a significant factor in Mr Reid's death.
"The tyre marks from the intersection to the power pole measured 27 metres," she said.
"He admitted he saw the other car but was unsure whether it was going to enter the intersection.
"He told police he should have slowed down when he first noticed the other car further up the road, but did not."
Mr Reid's mother Raelene Lovett read out an emotion victim impact statement to the court where she said she would never forgive Horvath for killing her son.
"My family was torn apart the day you killed my son," she said.
"When his heart stopped, so did our family's heart.
"You have taken everything away from me and I hope you have absolutely everything taken away from you as well.
"I hate you for taking my boy."
Judge Glenn Martin said he had formed the overall impression Horvath had shown a persistent disregard for the state's traffic laws.
He said that was evident from his prior criminal history which was littered with traffic related offences; including a road rage incident in May, 2010, where he got out of his car and head butted another motorist.
"Because of your deliberate and excessive speed you killed another citizen," he said.
"Whatever sentence I impose on you will never be enough for your victim's family.
"However, I do accept that you are genuinely and deeply remorseful for your actions."
Judge Martin sentenced Horvath to three-years in jail but ordered it be suspended after serving 11 months.
He disqualified Horvath from driving for five years.