Perth mother faces court over crash that killed her teen daughter.
A Perth mother has been sentenced to four years and six months in jail over a drunken crash which killed her teenage daughter in March last year.
Janet Louise Kirby played a drinking game before getting behind the wheel of a car and then attempting to scare the occupants of a moped before crashing and killing her teenage daughter.
There were six passengers, aged between 15 and 20, crammed into the five-seater jeep when it left the road and rolled over in Merriwa last March.
Ms Kirby’s 15-year-old daughter, Lois Kirby, was unrestrained in the boot at the time of the crash and was thrown from the vehicle and died from her injuries.
A further three passengers were hurt in the crash.
The West Australian District Court heard that Kirby had a blood alcohol reading of 0.110 per cent at the time and had been encouraged by her passengers to swerve to scare the moped rider and their passenger but lost control.
Judge Linda Petrusa took into consideration Kirby’s guilty plea, remorse and previously unblemished record.
It was unlikely Kirby would ever reoffend and no sentence could be worse than that which she imposed on herself, Judge Petrusa added.
“This event is a tragedy but it’s a tragedy that could have been avoided,” she said.
Kirby must spend at least two-and-a-half years behind bars before she can be eligible for parole.
She has also been fined $650 and had her driver’s licence suspended for three years.
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