Friday, 3 October 2008

Runaway dad jailed for 8 years

A Gold Coast man who fled the scene of a car crash, leaving his two sons in the wreckage, has been sentenced to eight years' jail.

Twenty-six-year-old Alan Ross had pleaded guilty to the dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing the death of his children.

The Southport District Court today was told Ross's car fishtailed at speeds of at least 138 kilometres per hour before it hit trees on a median strip at Southport in June last year.

The car became airborne and rolled, and its roof was crushed.

Two-year-old Khye Ross was killed instantly and his eight-month-old brother Zac was critically injured and later died in hospital.

The prosecutor said Ross had been drinking, there was cannabis in his bloodstream and he was unlicensed.

He looked in the car, ran to his home nearby and called a friend.

The defence said Ross had not tried to elude police.

The judge did not set a parole date and disqualified Ross from driving.

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