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Parents forgive man who killed their son and agree with decision not to jail him

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 20/05/2022 9News Staff

The parents of a boy who was hit and killed by a distracted driver in Melbourne's east have said they forgive the man responsible, moments after he avoided jail.

Zhou Lu's moment of inattention behind the wheel led to catastrophic consequences for Jack Power and his family on a dark, wet night in August 2018.

Jack, 10, was killed when he, his sister Stephanie, six, and another young girl were walking across Springfield Road in Blackburn North on a green pedestrian light.

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Bonnie, Jack, Stephanie and Matt Power. © Nine Bonnie, Jack, Stephanie and Matt Power.

Lu did not notice that the traffic light had turned red and pressed the brakes too late, leading to his van hitting Jack.

The Croydon Hills Primary student later died in hospital.

Lu pleaded guilty to the charge of dangerous driving causing death in the County Court of Victoria, sparing Jack's sister from giving evidence at trial.

Lu was today sentenced to a three-year community corrections order.


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The judge noted on the night of the tragedy, Lu was not driving while fatigued, on drugs or alcohol, using his phone or speeding.

Speaking after court, Jack's parents said the sentence was fair, and that they forgave Lu.

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Bonnie Power has said she forgives the man who killed her son. © Nine Bonnie Power has said she forgives the man who killed her son.

"I totally forgive him because it was an accident," Jack's mother, Bonnie Power, said.

She said Jack was "the perfect child".

Jack's father, Matt Power, said it had been very tough for the family since Jack's death.

"We've missed four birthdays, we've missed him going into high school," he said.

They are channelling their grief into raising awareness about road safety and organ donation.

Matt Power said Jack had helped seven people through organ donation.

"Out of one family's tragedy, we can obviously help other families as well," he said.

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