THE mother of fatal car crash victim Hope Dell has been commended by a judge for her approaches to a teenager who was street racing with the car her daughter died in shortly before it crashed.

Faye Read and other family members of the 17-year-old crash victim's family were in Maroochydore District Court this morning for the sentencing of Luke Evan Chesher, 19.

Chesher was charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle for participating in a street race about 10pm on December 11, 2014, against the driver of a car in which Ms Dell was travelling.

He reached a speed of 113kmh in a 70kmh stretch of Caloundra Rd when he was racing against the other car.

The court heard Chesher pulled out of the race about 150m before the other car struck a concrete kerb, became airborne for about 14m and hit a tree.

Ms Dell, who was in the front passenger seat, died of her injuries at the scene.

Defence barrister Donald MacKenzie said there had been two meetings between Ms Read and Chesher since the fatal crash.

His client had drawn great strength from those meetings.

"She is a truly remarkable woman," Mr MacKenzie said.

Luke Evan Chesher, 19, was sentenced in Maroochydore District Court for dangerous operation of a vehicle.
Luke Evan Chesher, 19, was sentenced in Maroochydore District Court for dangerous operation of a vehicle. Stuart Cumming

Judge John Robertson told Ms Read and her family it was impossible for him to comprehend the extent of their loss.

He said he was impressed by Ms Read's attempts to reach out to Chesher, describing her actions as a "more healthy" approach than the ways in which some other people might have reacted.

He noted Chesher was clearly remorseful for the death of his friend and had been with Ms Dell when she died.

"I hope that you never forget this and that you use the experience to discourage other young males from acting stupidly, particularly when driving," Judge Robertson said.

Chesher was sentenced to two years of probation and order to perform 240 hours of community service.

He was disqualified from driving for 12 months.

No conviction was recorded.


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