The unlicensed ice addict driver of a stolen car who killed two teenagers in a horrific crash has been jailed for 11 years.
Dylan Cassidy was high on meth and speeding when the stolen Holden Commodore he was driving swerved onto the wrong side of the South Gippsland Highway outside a suburban Melbourne McDonald’s in Cranbourne in August 2019.
The 20-year-old caused a head on collision with an SUV travelling in the other direction, causing the deaths of his friends Byron Hampton and Jordy Kirkwood in the back seat.
Another 16-year-old female passenger was left with lifelong injuries in the crash, while an 18-year-old survived unscathed.
Instead of helping the three injured passengers in his car or the injured mother and her two young daughters in the other vehicle, Cassidy ran from the scene, before returning to the crash site to retrieve his drugs from the wreck.
Cassidy was chased down by witnesses when he tried to flee again, who held him at the scene until police arrived.
‘This was absolutely appalling, incredibly dangerous offending,’ Victorian County Court Judge Liz Gaynor said, as reported by The Age.
Cassidy had been on a bender before the crash, with witnesses spotting the stolen Commodore doing burnouts at the Frankston Bombers Football Club and speeding in Hastings before the incident.
A psychoanalysis of Cassidy found the Frankston man enjoys risky behaviour, with his own lawyer calling him a ‘one-man crime wave’.
Expert evidence cited in court by Judge Gaynor read Cassidy was so intoxicated behind the wheel he would not have been able to control the car.
‘There was a real chance, in my view, of even more death and even more serious injury,’ Judge Gaynor said. ‘This was truly terrible, dangerous offending.’
Cassidy was charged with three counts of negligently causing injury, two charges of culpable driving, two counts of reckless conduct endangering life, theft of a motor vehicle and failing to assist after an accident involving death.
He also copped two counts of drug possession, driving in a dangerous manner driving without a licence, committing an indictable offence on bail and use of a fraudulent licence plate.
‘You have permanently affected the lives of your victims, you have caused two deaths, you have caused serious injuries to two little girls, you have caused immense distress to the families of those people who died,’ Judge Gaynor said.
Cassidy will be eligible for parole in eight years.