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Youth spared jail after quad bike crash killed best mate

Tearful scenes outside Gympie District Court yesterday as the best friend of Tarryn Alexander, killed in a quad bike crash in late 2012, is convicted of dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death.
Tearful scenes outside Gympie District Court yesterday as the best friend of Tarryn Alexander, killed in a quad bike crash in late 2012, is convicted of dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death. Renee Pilcher

A MOTHER'S tears fell yesterday as she heard her son would not go to jail for his part in a quad bike crash that killed his best friend.

Tarryn Alexander was just 19 when he was killed as his quad bike hit an on-coming car in Amamoor State Forest in December 2012.

Yesterday his best friend pleaded guilty to causing his death.

Simon Geoffrey Jeremy, 20, bravely, some may say, owned up to one charge of dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death.

Gympie District Court heard that on December 28, 2012, Tarryn and Jeremy had been on the run from a park ranger on two stolen quad bikes shortly before they rounded a bend on Amamoor Creek Rd and ran into an on-coming four-wheel-drive driven by a learner driver.

The learner driver, accompanied by his father, swerved to miss Jeremy who was driving on the wrong side of the road.

In the evasive process, the car ran into Tarryn, who was riding behind Jeremy.

The court heard the learner driver didn't see Tarryn until it was too late, and was cleared of any wrong-doing.  Ultimately, it was decided Jeremy's dangerous driving caused Tarryn to be hit.

An army of friends and family supported Jeremy yesterday.

Amongst them was Tarryn's brother, Jayden Alexander, who was asked by Judge Gregory Koppenol to address the court on life without his younger brother.

"He was a good kid," Mr Alexander said.

"A little bit of a dare devil."

However, while Mr Alexander told the court life without his brother was "hard", he said Jeremy would be feeling the pain equally as strongly, describing him as a "brother from another mother".

"They were always together."

It was a similarly heartfelt sentiment given from Jeremy's father, who tearfully spoke of the tragedy that broke the heart of an extended family.

"Tarryn was a son to me as well," Mr Jeremy said.

Judge Koppenol said it was rare that a person convicted of the same charge as Jeremy would not be made to serve time in jail.

He said Jeremy's was one of those occasions, partly because Amamoor Creek Rd was generally quiet and Jeremy wouldn't have been expecting on-coming traffic.

Jeremy was sentenced to 18 months prison, wholly suspended for three years. His driver's licence was disqualified for two years.

Gympie Times

Topics:  death gympie magistrates court quad bike



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