Court Decides Fate Of Driver Who Killed AFL Coach's Son
Posted on August 12, 2016
The teenage driver who killed Cooper Ratten has been sentenced to five years in jail.
The 18-year-old will serve at least 3 years in jail.
Cooper Ratten, son of former Carlton coach Brett Ratten, was just 16 when he catapulted to his death in a horrific car crash on August 16 last year.
The court heard the learner drive was speeding through fog at night, with no headlights on, while drunk and taking drugs.
He pleaded guilty to culpable driving causing death but refused to admit he was driving at 126km/h when he missed the bend on Glenview Road, killing his mate.
His barrister told court, he believed he was only driving 87km/h.
Cooper, Ratten’s eldest son, died after being thrown 65m from the back seat of a stolen car that rolled out of control in Yarra Glen, east of Melbourne.
The teenager was not wearing a seatbelt at the time.