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Drunk driver faces jail over three deaths

AAP logoAAP 10/11/2016

A father-of-two who caused a crash that left three people to burn in a car while he walked home, showered and went to bed, is "a good man with potential to be a productive member of society" his lawyer says.

Amiel Tittums was heavily drunk, had consumed meth and was speeding at up to 165km/h when he struck the back of another car in Geraldton, in Western Australia's Mid West region, in August last year, causing the car to plough into a tree and burst into flames.

He did not render assistance and instead walked 1.5km home while his victims - Felicity Pallett, 23, Michael Hook, 31, and 27-year-old Coen Kentwell - perished.

Prosecutor Mark Nicol told the WA Supreme Court on Thursday that Tittums' moral culpability was very high, describing his actions as selfish, reckless and callous.

He said Tittums, who was 35 at the time, fled the crash rather than helping the victims and although it was not known if he could have saved them, he did not even try.

"They were lost in the most horrific and unnecessary way," Mr Nicol said.

He said Tittums also misled police about who was in charge of his car that night and had claimed he did not have any injuries despite having bruising on his body consistent with a seatbelt injury.

Eight victim impact statements were submitted to the court, which Mr Nicol described as powerful.

Defence counsel Linda Black said there was no justification for what Tittums did and he accepted that prison was his price to pay.

"Mr Tittums makes no excuse for his conduct," she said.

"Mr Tittums is a good man with potential to be a productive member of our society."

In a letter, Tittums said the families of the victims should not have to see him walking free in Geraldton.

"From the time of the accident, I've been trying to keep away from Geraldton," he said.

Ms Black said her client had a strong work ethic and had continued to work to support his family, which included two children aged four and seven, before he served his inevitable prison sentence.

He was originally charged with three counts of manslaughter, but Tittums' pleas of guilty were accepted for the lesser charges aggravated dangerous driving causing death.

Tittums, who kept his head down during proceedings, will remain in custody until Justice Michael Corboy sentences him on December 9.

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