Coast man's six-year jail term over death of good mate
DESPITE urgent pleas from friends to slow down, a Sunshine Coast man continued to push his foot down on the accelerator.
The decision would haunt him.
It was dark, the group of good friends had been drinking alcohol and Ashley Hore should not have been behind the wheel on June 1, 2017.
When Hore took the corner 40km/h over the speed limit he lost control and smashed into a tree. One of Hore's passenger was killed instantly and the other man was seriously injured.
The 37-year-old pleaded guilty in the Maroochydore District Court on Friday to one count of dangerously operating a vehicle causing death, driving under the influence and driving disqualified.
The trio were travelling in a white Holden sedan hooning and doing burn-outs about 8.30pm on Ilkley Rd. The Holden reached a wind in the road and for about 1.7km Hore would accelerate hard and then "jam his foot down on the break", his passengers asked him to stop. The Forensic Crash Unit determined Hore was driving on the wrong side of the road when he lost control and the car ploughed into a tree.
The court was told the crash "impacted a profound number of people" including the family of the 21-year-old who died at the scene.
His partner still sleeps with the urn containing his ashes every night and receives medical treatment, the court heard.
An affidavit written by the other passenger of the car read aloud in court stated before the accident he 'didn't believe in post-traumatic stress disorder'.
He moved away from the Coast but has since been since been diagnosed with mental health issues and struggles to cope.
Hore's defence barrister said his client struggled every day since the incident and was 'dogged' by depression.
Judge Jones sentenced him to six years jail, to serve two before parole release in August 2020.