Driver pleads guilty over fatal Glengarrry crash

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 with 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 23 March when the utility carrying six people left the Traralgon-Maffra Road.

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 12 March.

He will appear in the Latrobe Valley Country Court on 21 October 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.