A grieving mother asked her teenage daughter not to get in a car and said to her minutes before she died in a 90 mph fireball accident, “Be safe, I love you.”
Jacinta Barnett, 19, of Melbourne, Australia, drove in as a passenger on the Mazda 3 when Hayden Currie hit a Nissan Skyline in September 2019.
Shannon Lorenzo Juriansz, 21, and the driver of the Nissan died “almost instantly” after his car went up in flames while Jacinta suffered severe head injuries and was taken to Alfred Hospital.
She was pronounced dead shortly afterwards, surrounded by her heartbreaking mother, great-grandmother, uncle and grandpa.
Her mother, Samantha Barnett, told the Australian news site Age that she had asked Jacinta not to drive in the car before the terrible accident.
She said: “I kept telling her: Don’t get in the car with him, his car is unsafe.”
But finally she let go of Jacinta and told her: “Be sure, I love you.”
Describing her daughter as a “beautiful” young woman, she said, “She was very kind, very generous … and always put everyone first.
“She had a deep love for her friends and family, and she also had a deep love for photography.
“She loved taking pictures, she was very good at them.”
Lucca Smeraldo, 18, who sat in the back seat of the Mazda, survived but became paraplegic.
10-year-old Currie has been incarcerated for 12 years for killing Jacinta and Shannon.
Police at the time said Currie was seen “crouching and weaving” through traffic prior to the tragic crash
Witnesses recalled Currie’s car “flying” at 150 km / h when it hit the Nissan as it pulled out of a side street.
But instead of asking emergency services for help, Currie reportedly called his father and a buddy to tell them he crashed.
He had told paramedics who rushed to the scene that he had drunk about 15 Corona beers the previous evening to celebrate the AFL’s grand finale.
He had also had a beer eight hours before the crash, but a blood test showed no trace of alcohol in his system.
Currie was known to be a dangerous driver and was filmed at 110 mph on the same road as the accident just 11 days before the fatal accident.
The court heard him take unnecessary risks to impress his friends.
Judge Michael McInerney said the tragic case demonstrated how difficult it is to protect young people from themselves at an age when they consider themselves “bulletproof”.
The judge said Mr Juriansz could have seen the Mazda 3 if he had looked both ways before the move, but he admitted the accident was caused by Currie’s reckless driving.
Currie pleaded guilty to two charges of culpable driving that resulted in death and endangering life and one charge of negligent causing serious injury, reports 7 News.
He wrote an apology letter to the families of both victims and must serve at least six years before he will be considered for parole.