Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

{BROKEN HEAD CRASH DRIVER PLEADS NOT GUILTY} {Teen Faces Court over Fatal Crash }; Young Man Accused of Speeding and Dangerous Driving before Fatal Crash That Killed His Four Mates

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

{BROKEN HEAD CRASH DRIVER PLEADS NOT GUILTY} {Teen Faces Court over Fatal Crash }; Young Man Accused of Speeding and Dangerous Driving before Fatal Crash That Killed His Four Mates

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Byline: HELEN JACK helen.jack@northernstar.com.au

A YOUNG man whose four mates died when the car he was driving crashed near Byron Bay in October, 2006, yesterday pleaded not guilty in Lismore District Court to four charges of aggravated dangerous driving occasioning death.

The man, who was 17 when the crash occurred and is now 18, and the four young men who were killed, cannot be named for legal reasons, after District Court Judge Charteris, QC, applied a suppression order to their names.

Judge Charteris noted the man's plea and offered sympathy to the families of the dead teens and to the accused.

"This is truly tragic for the accused before the court and the families of the young people who lost their lives," Judge Charteris said.

"I cannot imagine what it must be like, not just for the immediate family, but for also those who knew them.

"Those who lose their children, it is itself a life sentence. There truly are no winners."

Family and friends of both the driver of the car and the four dead teenagers, who packed the gallery of the court, listened as the driver was read each charge. …

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