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Man jailed for killing mate in WA crash

AAP logoAAP 25/11/2016

A father-of-four who was speeding when he crashed into another car, killing his friend and injuring two other people, has been jailed in Perth for five years.

Karl Peter Simanu, 36, was driving at double the 60km/h speed limit in Cloverdale in June 2014 when he hit a turning car, the WA District Court heard on Friday.

Passenger Mark Brown, who was not wearing a seatbelt, died at the scene.

Two people in the other car, 16-year-old Renee Correya and 22-year-old Simone Weller, also suffered "dreadful injuries", including permanent disabilities and short-term memory problems, Judge John Staude said.

The judge said Simanu's driving was not just dangerous, but also reckless and showed a "selfish disregard of the rights and welfare" of other people.

"By driving at such a speed you deprived the other driver the opportunity to see and avoid your vehicle, and you were not able to control your vehicle so as to avoid a collision," he said.

One witness described Simanu's speed as: "Like, if you've ever watched racing car movies or (The) Fast and The Furious and you hear this, the car speeding down the highway."

Simanu was found guilty after a trial on charges of dangerous driving causing death and two counts of dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm.

He did not give evidence because he had no recollection of the crash due to his own injuries, and Judge Staude noted Simanu was lucky to survive.

"Your injuries and disabilities will be a constant and painful reminder of your wrongdoing," he said.

"You will also be burdened by your responsibility for your friend's death and the injuries suffered by the other victims."

Judge Staude also referred to a letter by Simanu's wife, which described the devastating effect of the crash on their young family.

"She describes many good qualities that you possess, particularly as a father to your sons," he said.

"The loss to your family caused by your offending cannot be measured."

Simanu must serve at least three years in prison before he can be eligible for parole and will be banned from driving for three years upon his release.

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