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Driver jailed for fiery fatal Vic crash

AAP logoAAP 1/09/2016

A Victorian man whose gross speeding and dangerous driving caused a fiery crash that claimed two young lives in "horrific circumstances" must serve at least seven and a half years in prison.

Adam Beardsmore and Daniel Hay, both 23, were killed when their car was clipped by Nicholas George's ute during a high-speed chase on a Victorian road on November 17, 2014.

George, 49, of Tooradin, was found guilty of two counts of culpable driving following a Victorian County Court trial this year.

In jailing George for 12 years, Judge Michael McInerney said the speed and position of the two cars combined to create lethal circumstances for a distance of three to four kilometres.

A Victorian's aggressive driving caused two friends to die in a fiery crash © Ten News A Victorian's aggressive driving caused two friends to die in a fiery crash "The persons at risk by such behaviour were not only the three persons in those two cars but all of the drivers present on the highway in their vicinity during such driving," Judge McInerney said.

One such motorist, who witnessed the cars speed past her own vehicle, said she saw George's ute clip Mr Beardsmore's car, then "all hell broke loose".

Judge McInerney said it was unclear whether the two cars were drag racing or George was "maniacally" pursuing Mr Beardsmore's car.

Both cars were travelling at an excessive speed and both cars were being driven dangerously, Judge McInerney said.

George was travelling at a "gross speed" of approximately 140-to-150km/h and was "ridiculously close" to Mr Beardsmore's car.

"The tragic result of such a high speed collision was the death of the two people," Judge McInerney said.

"Both deaths occurring in horrific circumstances of fire and smoke inhalation."

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