Freedomroo – Bruce Highway crash: teen that fell asleep while driving, killing young couple, won’t go to jail

Lauren Quabba, 16, and her boyfriend Evan Fielder, 19, died after a Toyota HiLux veered onto the wrong side of the Bruce Highway in Cairns in October 2019

P-plater who fell asleep while driving home from a festival after taking MDMA avoids jail despite causing crash that killed teenage lovers

  • Lauren Quabba, 16, and her boyfriend Evan Fielder, 19, died in October 2019
  • A ute veered onto the wrong side of the highway after the driver fell asleep 
  • The couple, who had only been dating for a few weeks, were killed instantly
  • On Thursday, the teen was sentenced to 12 months’ detention, to be suspended 

A festivalgoer who had MDMA system when he fell asleep at the wheel, killing two teenagers, has avoided jail time. 

Lauren Quabba, 16, and her boyfriend Evan Fielder, 19, died after a Toyota HiLux veered onto the wrong side of the Bruce Highway in Cairns in October 2019.

The Queensland couple, who had been dating for a few weeks, were killed instantly.

The night before the crash, the 17-year-old P-plate driver attended a music festival where he took MDMA. 

Lauren Quabba, 16, and her boyfriend Evan Fielder, 19, died after a Toyota HiLux veered onto the wrong side of the Bruce Highway in Cairns in October 2019 

On Thursday, the teen - who can't be named - was sentenced to 12 months' detention, to be suspended and served by a three-month release order. Pictured: victim Evan Fielder

On Thursday, the teen – who can’t be named – was sentenced to 12 months’ detention, to be suspended and served by a three-month release order. Pictured: victim Evan Fielder  

In a heartbreaking victim impact statement, Lauren's mother Rhonda Quabba said she lives in 'constant torment' over the way her daughter died

In a heartbreaking victim impact statement, Lauren’s mother Rhonda Quabba said she lives in ‘constant torment’ over the way her daughter died 

The 17-year-old driver of the ute, who can’t be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death, possessing dangerous drugs, among other charges.

On Thursday, the teen was sentenced to 12 months’ detention, to be suspended and served by a three-month release order, the ABC reports. 

He also dodged a conviction. 

In a heartbreaking victim impact statement, Lauren’s mother Rhonda Quabba said she lives in ‘constant torment’ over her daughter’s sudden death.

‘I will always be broken and I will never stop missing her,’ she said.

Evan’s father Wayne Fielder said his son, who had an ‘amazing work ethic,’ was only just beginning his life and had found his dream job coaching tennis players.  

‘The gaping hole that Evan’s death has left affects us all every single day and night,’ he said.  

‘Life has now become about treading water, just getting through each day, not really being able to feel happiness or joy.’

In his sentencing Judge John Coker said that while the defendant had suffered ‘physical and psychological injuries,’ his ‘failure’ had cut two young lives short. 

The teen was also disqualified for driving for two years. 

Evan's (right) father said his son, who had an 'amazing work ethic' was only just beginning his life and had found his dream job of tennis coaching

Evan’s (right) father said his son, who had an ‘amazing work ethic’ was only just beginning his life and had found his dream job of tennis coaching 

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