THE DEADLY MIX: TEENAGERS HOME ALONE, BOOZE, A FAST CAR, THEN THE BITTER REGRETS

– Georgina Thring wished she had seven lives. In a letter to a friend when she was 15, she wrote that she knew she would never have enough time for all she yearned to achieve.

She wanted to become a vet, have a family, travel the world, work with the World Wildlife Fund and live on a farm.

She died on Australia Day this year as a passenger in a speeding car driven by a drunken, unlicensed driver.

The driver, then 17, who cannot be named, was celebrating the end of Year 12 at a barbecue that day in Brighton East, with Georgina and about 30 others.

He and many others at the house were drunk after drinking for about 10 hours without adult supervision.

The defendant took the car keys from another boy, telling him he was too drunk to drive. He, his friend and Georgina got into the other boy’s car, and soon after, witnesses saw the vehicle travelling at a “frightening” speed, zigzagging, swerving and fishtailing before it disappeared into trees in a cloud of dust.

The learner driver had a blood-alcohol level of 0.153%, more than three time the legal limit for a fully licensed driver, when he crashed at a speed estimated at 132km/h in a 70km/h zoneon South Road, Brighton East.

Judge Carolyn Douglas sentenced the defendant, now 18, who had pleaded guilty to culpable driving, to 41/2 years in jail, with a minimum of two years.

In her sentencing, Judge Douglas projected a photo of a table at the unsupervised party, which was covered with bottles of alcohol, and another of the destroyed car at the scene.

Judge Douglas said she hoped they would “bring home to young people what happens in these circumstances”.

She said the contents of 50 victim impact statements prepared for the hearing – including those of Georgina’s parents, who read theirs out – “reflect the fragility of life that within a very short time, a young person was killed senselessly”.

She also took into account the remorse of the driver, who had admitted responsibility at the scene, saying he suffered continual distress, traumatic anxiety, loss of friends and anguished fear that Georgina’s parents might think he did not care about their loss.

Judge Douglas will recommend that the Adult Parole Board transfer him to a youth justice centre to serve all his minimum term after hearing he would be extremely vulnerable within the adult prison system.

Detective Sergeant Chris Carnie, of the Major Colllision Investigation Unit, said Georgina’s parents were “absolutely shattered” – Jane Lee & Steve Butcher

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About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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