VIDEO: Woman jailed for killing friend in ute rollover
A ROCKHAMPTON sentencing court this morning overflowed with the grieving friends and family of a deceased man and the woman charged with killing him and injuring two others in a vehicle roll over at Lotus Creek in 2014.
Georgia Renee Keily, 20, was sentenced to two and a half years imprisonment after she pleaded guilty in Rockhampton District Court to one count of dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death and grievous bodily harm.
Keily was driving a Toyota Landcruiser Ute at Lotus Creek, near Mackay, in November 2014 when she lost control and rolled the vehicle, killing one friend and seriously injuring two others.
Crown prosecutor Josh Phillips said Keily was among a group of nine other people camping at Lotus Creek when four of them set off in the ute in search of firewood at 11pm.
Troy Rogers, the owner of the vehicle, sat in the passenger seat while Nathan Moffatt and Dean Allen travelled in the tray.
Mr Phillips said Keily lost control of the vehicle on a gravel bend 10km from the campsite, over-corrected and flipped the ute, rolling three times.
Judge Paul Smith said the two victims in the tray of the ute were propelled 30 metres.
Mr Moffatt was killed.
"Most seriously her conduct has taken a life and (the effect) left on the lives of those who loved him is significant," Mr Phillips said.
The court heard the group had been drinking and while Keily, a provisional licence holder, told police she had consumed six cans of pre-mix Jack Daniels from 12.30pm the day of the incident, she did not feel adversely affected.
Defence lawyer Marie Willie said her client did not have a strong memory of the incident but did remember "trying to gain control and fishtailing".
"Essentially she is left feeling paralysed and unable to undo the misery she has caused," Ms Willey said.
"She is a young lady who made a terrible mistake which certainly had horrendous consequences on a number of people."
Judge Smith said victim impact statements were provided from Keily and Mr Moffatt's parents.
"Never in a parents life would we think we'd be writing this letter," Keily's parents' victim impact statement read.
"To talk to your daughter through such dark doors is extremely hard."
"Cases like this show how tragic it is for everyone, (the victim's parents) can't describe how they feel, they'll never see him grow old, their life is changed forever," Judge Smith said.
Judge Smith suspended the sentence after Keily served five months and disqualified her from driving for three years.