Alec Vidot-Coleman in court over crash that killed model girlfriend Scarlett Lenehan: Sydney

Aspiring footy star who killed his model girlfriend in a horror head-on crash stays free on bail despite pleading guilty – as lawyers argue JUST HOW FAR he was over the speed limit

  • Alec Vidot-Coleman faces court over crash that killed Scarlett Lenehan 
  • Lenehan, 20, died of injuries after Vidiot-Coleman drove into car head-on
  • Judge said Vidot-Coleman had a tendency to drive at ‘excessive speeds’
  • However, a move to put Vidot-Coleman into immediate detention was denied
  • The horror fatal crash occurred in Sydney West Ryde in December of 2019 

The man who was behind the wheel in a horror front-on crash that claimed the life of his model girlfriend has avoided jail after a major win court, with a judge ruling he can remain free on bail.

Alec Vidot-Coleman, 24, this month pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of Scarlett Lenehan, 20, when his Nissan Silvia smashed into a Toyota Camry in Sydney’s northwest in December of 2019.

But despite the ruling on bail in his favour, Judge Sarah Huggett at a sentencing hearing at the District Court in central Sydney admonished the aspiring Aussie rules star over his driving record, saying he had a ‘tendency to exceed the speed limit by significant amounts’.

He still faces significant time in prison when he returns to court on October 14.

Aspiring footy player Alec Vidot-Coleman, 21, (pictured left) has pleaded guilty over the 2019 crash that cost his girlfriend Scarlett Lenehan, 20, (pictured right) her life

Ms Lenehan (pictured) died in hospital after a head-on collision in Sydney's West Ryde

Ms Lenehan (pictured) died in hospital after a head-on collision in Sydney’s West Ryde 

Vidot-Coleman has testified he was 10km/h over the limit although prosecutors accused him of doing 100km/h in a 60 zone at the time of the fatal crash.

His lawyer Brett Galloway argued the wet road was another factor that made driving dangerous on that night. 

‘Something happened when he hit the water. That doesn’t mean he was doing 40km/h over the limit’ Mr Galloway said.

Judge Huggett said Vidot-Coleman still needed to show better judgment on the road.

‘He shouldn’t be driving at 80km/h if he doesn’t have sufficient experience to deal with whatever hazards are ahead of him,’ Judge Huggett said.

Vidot-Coleman previously told the court he lost control of his manual vehicle when trying to shift down a gear because a car suddenly slowed in front of him. 

Vidot-Coleman (pictured) described himself on social media as an athlete, AFL development officer and an RSL club bar attendant

Vidot-Coleman (pictured) described himself on social media as an athlete, AFL development officer and an RSL club bar attendant

A funeral was held for Ms Lenehan (pictured) on December 23, 2019, in North Sydney

A funeral was held for Ms Lenehan (pictured) on December 23, 2019, in North Sydney

He crashed almost immediately after pulling out of a petrol station while he and Lenehan were making a trip to McDonald’s in Sydney West Ryde. 

Following the crash Lenehan died in hospital on December 14,.

Two people in the Toyota Camry also sustained injuries.

Lenehan was attending Macquarie University after making the 2016 honour roll at the exclusive Loreto Kirribilli school in Sydney’s north.

A tearful Vidot-Coleman told a previous court that he would have preferred he died in the crash than Lenehan.

‘I just wish it could be different,’ he said. 

‘I wish it wasn’t her. If there was anything I could do to change any part of what happened I would. If I could trade places I would. She was the nicest, kindest person’. 

On social media Vidot-Coleman described himself as an athlete, AFL development officer and an RSL club bar attendant. 

He will remain on bail until his next sentencing hearing on October 14. The maximum sentence for dangerous driving occasioning death is ten years behind bars.

Vidot-Coleman (right with Ms Lenehan) has avoided being put into immediate detention but will remain on bail until his next court hearing

Vidot-Coleman (right with Ms Lenehan) has avoided being put into immediate detention but will remain on bail until his next court hearing

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