Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

A Fatal Error Teen Jailed over Fatal Crash; Teenager Jailed over Drunken, High-Speed Crash That Killed Friend

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

A Fatal Error Teen Jailed over Fatal Crash; Teenager Jailed over Drunken, High-Speed Crash That Killed Friend

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Byline: Jarrard Potter jarrard.potter@dailyexaminer.com.au

A FATEFUL decision to go for a drive out of boredom ended with one life lost and two people seriously injured, and now the driver in the fatal crash has been jailed.

On the night of August 22 last year, Mitchell Cosgrove, 19, did not think twice about grabbing the car keys to his mother's Holden Astra and driving, despite spending most of the afternoon and evening drinking with friend Thomas Austin, a court was told.

About 4pm on the day before the crash, Cosgrove, who was on a provisional licence, had visited Austin's house, with the pair sharing a bottle of whisky, before Cosgrove and Austin drove to pick up two more friends about 8pm and returned to Austin's address to continue drinking.

The group left Grafton to go for a drive to Junction Hill about 11pm. Cosgrove told NSW Police investigators he was travelling 120-130km/h in a 100km/h zone prior to the crash. Police investigators estimated the car was travelling about 90km/h when Cosgrove lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a drain.

About 12.45am on August 22 last year, police were called to Back Lane near Junction Hill, following reports of a crash, and Coffs/Clarence Police District officers found the car had left the road and struck a drain, the court heard.

NSW Ambulance paramedics attempted to treat 24-year-old Austin, a rear-seat passenger, but he died at the scene. The two female passengers, both 17, were treated at the scene with one taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus and the other to Grafton Base Hospital.

Earlier this year Cosgrove pleaded guilty to charges of dangerous driving occasioning death while under the influence and causing bodily harm by misconduct while in charge of a motor vehicle.

Cosgrove bowed his head and cried from the dock while victim impact statements were read during his sentencing in Grafton District Court on Thursday. …

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