Unlicensed driver, 25, accused of hitting and killing brothers, 6 and 7, after doing burnouts in his Holden has his charges upgraded to manslaughter – as police allege he was HIGH at time of crash
- Sheldon, 6, and Shane Shorey, 7, were killed in a horror crash in Wellington, NSW
- Jacob Steven Donn, 25, was allegedly lost control of his Holden Commodore
- He was charged with 13 offences including dangerous driving occasioning death
- Police have now charged him with additional offences including manslaughter
More charges have been laid against an unlicensed driver accused of hitting and killing two young brothers in the New South Wales central west earlier this year.
Sheldon, 6, and Shane Shorey, 7, were walking home from the local pool with their mother, older brother and a family friend when Jacob Steven Donn allegedly lost control of his Holden Commodore after doing burnouts and drove into the group.
The two boys were killed instantly and family friend Mataya Ah See, 10, lost a leg, while the 25-year-old driver allegedly fled the scene of the crash.
Officers initially charged Donn with 13 offences including dangerous driving occasioning death.
Police have now charged Jacob Steven Donn with a string of additional offences including two counts of manslaughter
Sheldon, 6, and Shane Shorey, 7, were walking home from the local pool with their mother, older brother and a family friend when they were hit by a car and killed instantly
Donn had never held a drivers licence but still allegedly got behind the wheel of this Holden sedan
Police have now charged him with a string of additional offences including two counts of manslaughter, two counts of aggravated dangerous driving occasioning death while under the influence of drugs, and dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.
Dunn is in custody and will reappear at Dubbo Local Court on March 10.
Police initially believed the boys’ mother Shayleen Frail, 34, her sons and two other boys were leaving the local swimming pool when they were allegedly struck by an out-of-control Donn.
But Daily Mail Australia revealed the group had actually only just arrived on Warne St – just outside the unit block where Donn and his girlfriend lived.
Instead of going straight to the water, a surviving boy told loved ones that Ms Frail instead took them ‘to see the man in the red car first’.
‘[The surviving boy] got out of the car and said to Shayleen: “The pool’s this way?”‘ a source said.
‘Shayleen said to him: “I’m just going to see the man in the red car first”.’
Police allege that in the moments before Donn ploughed into the group, he was doing burnouts on the road.
When he was later arrested by police, officers allegedly found a prohibited drug in his possession.
The mother-of-four suffered a punctured lung, fractured knee and spinal injuries.
She said when she woke from her coma at Sydney’s Westmead Hospital she asked her uncle what had happened and by ‘the way he grabbed my hand I knew… Shane and Sheldon couldn’t be saved’.
The boys’ mother Shayleen Frail, 34, suffered a punctured lung, fractured knee and spinal injuries
In the aftermath of the crash, the boys’ father Joseph Shorey drove through the night from Queensland to visit the scene of the tragedy
From her hospital bed, Ms Frail had told a friend: ‘I wish it was me (that died)’.
‘Oh my girl… (I) wish it was me and not my babies,’ she wrote, using a friend’s phone.
‘I gotta keep fighting to make my babies proud.’
In the aftermath of the crash, the boys’ father Joseph Shorey drove through the night from Queensland to visit the scene of the tragedy.
Mr Shorey had last seen his sons the day before their deaths when they told him they loved him and would see him in just a few weeks upon their return to Queensland, where they lived.
‘I only saw them the day before and they gave me big hugs and cuddles and said: ‘Dad, we love you, we’ll see you on the 17th’,’ Mr Shorey said.
‘Now I’ve lost my two youngest boys.’