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Teenager pleads guilty over police chase crash that killed Ballarat girl

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The crash scene. Picture: Kate Healy, The Ballarat Courier
The crash scene. Picture: Kate Healy, The Ballarat Courier

By Erin Williams – The Ballarat Courier

A teenage boy has pleaded guilty to culpable driving causing death over a horror crash during a police chase that killed Ballarat girl Jacqueline Vodden.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty by video link at a children’s court today to 10 charges after seven other charges were withdrawn.

Eight of those charges relate to the day of the collision in Ballan on September 19 last year.

Jacqueline, 16, died after the van she was travelling in collided with a stationary VicRoads truck on the Western Freeway after police activated their lights and sirens before attempting an intercept.

The charges include culpable driving causing death, reckless conduct engaging serious injury, failing to render assistance after a collision, unlicensed driving, car theft and dangerous driving.

The magistrate read each charge to the boy during the committal mention earlier this morning.

He replied “guilty” to the seven indictable and three summary offences.

The plea hearing will be held at a county court at a later date.