Driver who fled scene avoids jail

A BUNDABERG dad who hit and killed a Sunshine Coast teenager who was lying on a road has avoided jail.

Maroochydore Magistrates Court heard Mark Tytherleigh's driving was not to blame for the fatal hit and run, but that he drove away without reporting the incident despite knowing he had hit a body - because he had seen teenager Nick Clunes's hand.

Yesterday Tytherleigh, 31, pleaded guilty to ignoring the duties of a driver involved in a road accident as well as two minor drug charges regarding marijuana police found at his home.

He was disqualified from driving for nine months and placed on probation for 15 months.

Tytherleigh, who wrote a letter of condolence to his victim's family, spoke briefly to media outside the courthouse.

"I'd like to say I'm sorry and ... I did not mean what happened," he said.

"I'm very sorry and if I could change things, I would change it."

The teenage victim's mother, Sue Clunes, said outside court she hoped Tytherleigh's greatest punishment was living with what he had done.

"All I wanted to do was to see the man who ran over my child and didn't stop to call an ambulance. I didn't care really what he got," she said.

"He has to live with himself - that's the sentence he's got.

"He's got a child ... if he could imagine if someone had done that to his child, left him lying on the road."

At the scene where Mr Clunes was found, police collected various vehicle parts from the roadside.

Investigators established their suspect vehicle was a 1994 to 1998 model Ford Falcon.

In June, police were tipped off that there was a co-offender in the form of Tytherleigh's passenger, Annette Cartwright.

The court heard in the following days they saw newspaper reports a young man had been killed and "put two and two together".

Tytherleigh told police he did not turn himself in because "he was fearful".



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