Man jailed for crash that killed Sydney pregnant woman

A driver has been jailed for at least two years and nine months over a crash which left a woman with horrific injuries and killed her unborn baby.

Jason Mansweto, a mechanic, had just finished rebuilding an ‘iconic’ 1969 GT Ford Falcon XW model sedan when he took it for a test drive for the first time in June 2014.

The car, which was unregistered but bore plates with the number 69AGRO, smashed into a Windsor Downs house, west of Sydney.

Jason Mansweto has been jailed for at least two years and nine months over a crash which left a woman with horrific injuries and killed her unborn baby

Jason Mansweto has been jailed for at least two years and nine months over a crash which left a woman with horrific injuries and killed her unborn baby

Jason Mansweto has been jailed for at least two years and nine months over a crash which left a woman with horrific injuries and killed her unborn baby

Mansweto applied the brakes to slow down for a corner but when they didn’t work, he pumped the brake with his foot and pulled back on the steering wheel, which came off in his hands. 

He had never bolted the steering wheel onto the column from the time he bought it, having put the nut in the car console. 

Vanessa Farrugia was 20 weeks pregnant as she stood on the verandah of the Windsor Downs home saying goodbye to friends.

She was thrown back into the house and knocked to the floor as the car ploughed into the home.

Mansweto, a mechanic, had just finished rebuilding an 'iconic' 1969 GT Ford Falcon XW model sedan when he took it for a test drive for the first time in June 2014

Mansweto, a mechanic, had just finished rebuilding an 'iconic' 1969 GT Ford Falcon XW model sedan when he took it for a test drive for the first time in June 2014

Mansweto, a mechanic, had just finished rebuilding an ‘iconic’ 1969 GT Ford Falcon XW model sedan when he took it for a test drive for the first time in June 2014

Ms Farrugia suffered horrific injuries including fractures to her skull, face and foot, a large deep cut to her forehead and leakage of spinal fluid under her skull.  

Her baby died in utero the next day and to her undergoing forced labour and delivery induced by medication.

On Tuesday, in Parramatta District Court, Judge Jeffery McLennan jailed the motor mechanic for four years and six months, with a non-parole period of two years and nine months.

Mansweto applied the brakes to slow down for a corner but when they didn't work, he pumped the brake with his foot and pulled back on the steering wheel, which came off in his hands

Mansweto applied the brakes to slow down for a corner but when they didn't work, he pumped the brake with his foot and pulled back on the steering wheel, which came off in his hands

Mansweto applied the brakes to slow down for a corner but when they didn’t work, he pumped the brake with his foot and pulled back on the steering wheel, which came off in his hands

The 44-year-old pleaded guilty to charges including driving dangerously occasioning grievous bodily harm to Ms Farrugia and to Sylvia Vella, whose left leg was badly injured.

Two other people on the verandah received relatively minor injuries. 

Meanwhile, Ms Farrugia was about to leave her friends’ house.

‘They were saying goodbye when they suddenly head the loud sound of a car engine,’ court papers said.

Ms Farrugia suffered horrific injuries including fractures to her skull, face and foot, a large deep cut to her forehead and leakage of spinal fluid under her skull

Ms Farrugia suffered horrific injuries including fractures to her skull, face and foot, a large deep cut to her forehead and leakage of spinal fluid under her skull

Ms Farrugia suffered horrific injuries including fractures to her skull, face and foot, a large deep cut to her forehead and leakage of spinal fluid under her skull

‘They looked across the driveway and saw a car coming up the road straight towards them.

‘They had only seconds to try and get out of the way.’

Ms Farrugia has been left with a permanent loss of her sense of smell, and had a craniotomy for her brain injury and needed plastic surgery for her facial injuries. 

On Tuesday, in Parramatta District Court, Judge Jeffery McLennan jailed the motor mechanic for four years and six months, with a non-parole period of two years and nine months

On Tuesday, in Parramatta District Court, Judge Jeffery McLennan jailed the motor mechanic for four years and six months, with a non-parole period of two years and nine months

On Tuesday, in Parramatta District Court, Judge Jeffery McLennan jailed the motor mechanic for four years and six months, with a non-parole period of two years and nine months


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