The chilling words a p-plater who killed his girlfriend in a high-speed crash while high on meth said to emergency services – after her body was flung through the windshield
- Bailey Hogan-Jones, 22, has been jailed for seven years for causing a fatal crash
- Nukyah Gunthorpe, 21, was killed in a collision near Bendigo in December 2018
- Her partner was under the influence of drugs and in breach of bail while driving
- Judge Kevin Doyle told the young man he was directly responsible for the death
A p-plater who killed his girlfriend in a high-speed crash while high on drugs should never have been behind the wheel.
Bailey Hogan-Jones, 22, caused a crash which killed Nukyah Gunthorpe, 21, in Bendigo, 150km north-west of Melbourne in 2018.
At the time he was on bail for a home invasion charge, meaning he was in breach of curfew when the fatal crash took place.
Bailey Hogan-Jones (pictured) pleaded guilty to culpable driving occasioning death over the high speed smash in Bendigo, 150km north-west of Melbourne in 2018
He has been jailed for seven years after pleading guilty to culpable driving occasioning death at Victoria’s County Court.
He was also fined $300.
Hogan-Jones was travelling around 96km per hour in a 60km zone when he ran a red light and slammed into a stationary van at Flora Hill, a Bendigo suburb.
When emergency services arrived he was distraught, and admitted he shouldn’t have been driving.
‘Is my girlfriend dead? I told her I didn’t want to drive,’ he said.
He also admitted he had been smoking ice before he got behind the wheel.
Nukyah Gunthorpe, 21, (pictured) was killed during the high speed crash in December 2018
Her death was only six months after losing her nine-day-old baby Eli (pictured, with his mother), after he was born prematurely
Blood tests confirmed methamphetamine and amphetamines were in his system.
His girlfriend Ms Gunthorpe died in hospital after being flung through the windshield and onto the bonnet by the force of the crash.
Judge Kevin Doyle told the young man he was directly responsible for killing his partner, NCA Newswire reported.
‘Had you abided by that curfew condition Ms Gunthorpe would not have died,’ Judge Doyle said.
‘It was senseless and entirely unnecessary for you to be driving that night.’
The 22-year-old will be eligible for parole after serving at least four years and three months behind bars.
Ms Gunthorpe (pictured) was thrown into the windscreen and suffered critical injuries, dying in hospital an hour later
The crash was one week before Christmas, and only six months after the death of their nine-day old baby Eli.
Meanwhile Nukyah’s mother Louise Baggott will forever be haunted by her daughter’s final words: ‘I love you mamma’.
She also sent one final text message to her mother, promising she would be home soon, reported news.com.au.
‘I had to see my daughter’s beautiful, broken face and body,’ she previously told the court.
She said she has spent the last year in mourning.
Hogan-Jones was travelling around 96km per hour in a 60km zone when he ran a red light and slammed into a stationary van, the court heard.
Hogan-Jones was inconsolable when police arrived at the scene only seconds after the fatal crash (pictured)
‘We were so full of hope at one point in our lives. It’s all gone,’ she said.
Ms Baggott’s youngest daughter Lola said she didn’t like how quiet the house has become without her loud older sister.
‘I miss her,’ she said.
‘I will love you always and forever. A force to be reckoned with, a shoulder to lean on, and the bravest person I’ll ever know. A piece of my heart has gone with you Nukyah. Until we meet again, have a dart rolled and ready for me.’
Ms Baggott’s youngest daughter Lola said she didn’t like how quiet the house has become without her loud older sister (pictured)