Perth Mother Jailed Over Teenage Daughter’s Death

Lois Kirby (15) was killed in a car rollover in Merriwa last year. Picture: Facebook
Lois Kirby (15) was killed in a car rollover in Merriwa last year. Picture: Facebook

A QUINNS Rocks mother has been sentenced for four-and-a-half years for drink driving that resulted in the death of her teenage daughter.

Lois Kirby (15) was unrestrained in the boot of a Jeep Cherokee station wagon on March 14, when Janet Louise Kirby (48) lost control of the vehicle driving north on Marmion Avenue in Merriwa.

The teenager was thrown from the vehicle and died from her injuries, while three other passengers were injured.

There were two adults and five children in the five-seater car.

The WA District Court has heard Ms Kirby played a drinking game before getting behind the wheel of the car.

She had a blood alcohol reading of 0.110 per cent at the time.

She was then encouraged by her passengers to swerve to scare a moped rider and their passenger but lost control.

Judge Linda Petrusa took into consideration Ms Kirby’s guilty plea, remorse and previously unblemished record.

She will be eligible for parole after two-and-a-half years.

She was also fined $650 and had her driver’s licence suspended for three years.