TRAGIC DEATH: Brielle Falzon, 15, died in a forest crash near Oberon in June last year.
A 25-YEAR-OLD man has been jailed for two years over the death of a 15-year-old girl in a forest crash near Oberon last year.
Adam Moore was behind the wheel of a Holden Rodeo during a late-night ride through Lowes Mount State Forest on June 6, 2014 when he navigated a sharp corner too fast, causing the ute to roll.
Albion Park girl Brielle Falzon was crushed and killed in the crash.
Moore, from Bellambi in Wollongong, will now spend at least two years in jail for the dangerous driving that caused the teen’s tragic death after he was sentenced in Sutherland District Court.
Speaking outside court on Friday, members of Brielle’s family choked back tears as they remembered their “cheeky monkey” – a vivacious young woman with an indomitable spirit.
Her aunty, Crystal Carriage, described her niece as “a beautiful person, inside and out”.
“She loved her friends and she loved her family, she would have been very proud of her friends at the moment.”
Also at the court on Friday was Brielle’s grandmother, Veronica Glover-Chambers, who the teen lived with for three years while attending school in Albion Park, and who she adored.
Mrs Portelli said Brielle’s heartbroken mother, Alexis Wilson, was unable to face the physical and emotional strain of the sentencing proceedings.
She said Brielle’s family was happy with the sentence and felt Judge Paul Conlon had been fair in handing Moore a four-year prison term with a two-year non-parole period.
Moore had drunk six beers on the evening of June 6, 2014, when he and four others decided to go driving through Lowes Mount State Forest during a long-weekend camping trip.
Brielle was sitting on the car’s front passenger window sill when Moore reached a 90-degree right-hand bend, travelling too fast to safely navigate the corner.
The car’s rear end drifted and the vehicle rolled once, killing the teenager.
Judge Conlon rejected Moore’s claim he was unaware Brielle and a back-seat passenger were seated on the car’s window sills.
In the moments after the accident, the court heard Moore said to a friend “get me a bullet so I can kill myself”.
However, the court heard the Bellambi man claimed the accident occurred when he tried to put the car into third gear but accidentally put it into first instead, however, the vehicle was found to be in fourth gear directly after the crash.
Both speed and alcohol were a factor in the crash and Judge Conlon said ultimately Moore was responsible for keeping his passengers safe.
Moore will be eligible for release from jail on June 18, 2017.
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