Mum needs to know who drove when Jesse died

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Leigh van den Broeke

A GRIEF-STRICKEN mother has pleaded with three teenagers to own up to who was be­hind the wheel of the car in which her son died.

Jesse Smith (pic­tured), 18, was a pas­sen­ger in the car that ca­reered off Hollinsworth Rd, Mars­den Park, and crashed into a pole on July 19, 2013.

He died at the scene. The car’s three other oc­cu­pants left but were found by po­lice a short dis­tance away near Rich­mond Rd.

Out­side the NSW Coro­ner’s Court on Mon­day, Mr Smith’s mother Kathy Bel­lamy, 48, from Mt Druitt, said she wanted the in­quest to un­cover who was driv­ing.

One teenager, Hay­den Gillett, told the in­quest he was in the back seat with an­other friend while the third teen, whose name can­not be pub­lished for legal rea­sons, was the driver.

“I re­mem­ber me wak­ing up in the grass ... I didn’t even know where I was,” he said. “As soon as I re­alised (that Jesse was in the car), I went for my phone and it was dead flat.”

Po­lice tested the car’s airbag for DNA, but the re­sults were in­con­clu­sive.

Coro­nial ad­vo­cate Se­nior Constable Erika Mul­li­gan told the court Mr Smith’s seat­belt was not work­ing at the time of the in­ci­dent.

“The Com­modore was be­ing driven at such a speed that the tele­graph pole ... broke off and was ly­ing in the grass,” she said.

Snr-Constable Mul­li­gan said there had been a 000 call be­fore the crash about a blue Com­modore driv­ing fast and “do­ing burn outs” in the area about 11.10pm.

The mat­ter will re­turn to the court on June 30.

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