Hannah Thorne street racing death: Brian King driving 130 km/h in seconds before crash
Agreed statement of facts reveals street race covered nearly 10 kilometres before deadly conclusion
The truck that killed Hannah Thorne in a street race on the New Harbour Barrens 15 months ago was travelling at 130 km/h in the seconds before the crash, a court in Harbour Grace court was told Thursday.
It was also revealed that Thorne, 18, died of multiple head injuries.
That was just some of the information that emerged as the case against Brian Robert King of Bay Roberts continued to make its way through the legal system.
King driving without insurance
King has pleaded guilty to street racing causing death and dangerous operation of a vehicle causing bodily harm.
In a statement of facts endorsed by all sides, he acknowledged that he was racing with Steven Ryan Mercer of Upper Island Cove on July 7, 2016.
King sat quietly in the courtroom, while family and friends of Hannah Thorne listened intently as all the painful details were revealed.
King, with no vehicle insurance and on probation, was driving a King Ranch model Ford F-150 pickup, while Mercer was behind the wheel of a Chevy Cobalt.
Hannah Thorne was in the passenger seat of a Hyundai Accent, with her 81-year-old grandmother, Gertie Thorne, at the wheel. They were travelling west to Hannah's home in New Harbour, with Hannah having finished Day 3 of a new summer job in Carbonear.
Collision occurred in no-passing zone
King and Mercer started street racing near Green's Harbour, Trinity Bay at around 5 p.m. on a sunny, early summer day.
After speeding south on Route 80, they turned east onto Route 75 towards Tilton, with multiple witnesses telling police they were overtaken at high speed by the two vehicles.
Just east of Denny's Pond, in a no passing zone and near the crest of a small hill, Mercer overtook a vehicle and pulled back into his lane. King attempted to do the same, but he was too late.
His pickup smashed into the Hyundai Accent.
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Photos submitted to the court illustrate the extensive damage to both vehicles, but the consequences were far worse inside the small car.
Gertie Thorne's body was shattered, with many broken bones. She would spend the next two months in hospital.
Hannah Thorne died at the scene of serious head trauma.
Mercer fighting the charges in Supreme Court
According to a witness quoted in the agreed statement of facts, King's first concern was for his own future, reportedly saying, "She's dead. My life is f--ked."
King refused to make any comment following his court appearance Thursday. He will be back in provincial court Nov. 20 to hear victim impact statements.
Steven Mercer, meanwhile, is fighting the charges against him in Supreme Court, and may not go to trial until next year.