Hoon's friend lost kidney in crash

A YOUNG hoon’s afternoon of burnouts and doughnuts ended in a horrifying smash that resulted in one of his passengers losing a kidney.

Danny Rayza Smith appeared in Ipswich District Court this week to admit driving dangerously and will spend the next six months in jail.

Smith picked up two friends at 11.30am on Easter Monday in 2009 and hooned around Thagoona – doing burnouts, doughnuts and fishtailing.

A concerned man who lived nearby hopped in his car to follow Smith and write down his registration details.

But upon seeing him, Smith sped off – driving at least 120kmh in a 100 zone on Karrabin-Rosewood Rd.

His passengers begged Smith to slow down as he lost control of his Holden Commodore and slammed into a tree.

The impact crushed the bonnet and left his front passenger with a bruised liver.

A 16-year-old man sitting in the rear passenger seat suffered bruising to his kidney.

Doctors at the Ipswich Hospital tried desperately to save the teen’s kidney but, after a month of excruciating pain, he began to haemorrhage and was rushed to Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital to have the kidney removed.

Police discovered the left rear tyre had no tread and canvas and steel belts were exposed. The right rear tyre was also defective.

The 22-year-old pleaded guilty to dangerously operating a motor vehicle causing grievous bodily harm.

He was sentenced to two years and six months jail and will be released on parole on October 5.

His licence was disqualified absolutely.

Judge Gregory Koppenol told Smith he was fortunate no one was killed in the crash.

“People are entitled to drive along the street without this sort of yobboish behaviour,” Judge Koppenol said.

Defence barrister Kim Bryson said her client, a father to a four-year-old, was young and remorseful and should not be jailed.


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