Fatal crash driver guilty plea

IT has emerged the driver of a utility in a Glengarry crash which killed two Sale men in March was driving under the influence of alcohol and had a suspended driver’s licence.

Nineteen-year-old Robert Saunders appeared in Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court on Thursday where he pleaded guilty to two counts of culpable driving causing the death of 22-year-old Daniel Marinovich and 18-year-old Peter Clarke.

The crash occurred at 2.40am on March 23, when the utility carrying six people left the Traralgon-Maffra Rd.

Saunders pleaded guilty to three counts of driving a vehicle at high speed while under the influence of alcohol, placing people in danger of serious injury.

The Traralgon man also pleaded guilty to driving with a suspended licence on the night of the crash and the week before on March 12.

He will appear in the Latrobe Valley Country Court on October 21 for a plea hearing.

Saunders’ bail conditions were extended, including a blanket ban on drinking alcohol.

He cannot drive or leave his home between the hours of 9pm and 5am, except to attend work.