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Vic teen to be sentenced over Ratten crash

AAP logoAAP 9/08/2016 By Caitlin Guilfoyle

A Victorian teen whose alcohol, drug and speed-fuelled driving caused the death of Cooper Ratten, son of Hawthorn assistant coach Brett Ratten, will be sentenced later this week.

The 18-year-old - who was 17 at the time of the Yarra Glen smash in August 2015 - appeared briefly before a Melbourne court on Tuesday with the judge stating he'd be sentenced on Friday.

He will remain on bail until then.

The teenager has pleaded guilty to one count of culpable driving causing death over the fatal smash on August 16 last year.

He had a blood alcohol reading of 0.084, and ecstasy in his system, when he failed to negotiate a bend and lost control of the speeding car about 3am, the court has been told.

The car rolled end-over-end, ejecting 16-year-old Cooper from the back seat, throwing him about 65m from the wreck.

He wasn't wearing a seatbelt and died on the way to hospital.

His father, Brett Ratten, is the assistant coach at AFL club Hawthorn and was previously the senior coach and captain at Carlton.

Victoria Police collision analysts believe the car was travelling about 126km/h when it left the road in "extremely foggy" conditions.

The car's headlights were off at the time.

But the teenage driver's defence on Tuesday said their experts estimated he was driving about 97km/h to 123km/h.

The judge will sentence the 18-year-old on the basis he was "travelling at a speed too fast for the conditions".

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