Family member says driver of Timaru crash that killed five teens 'shouldn't be allowed to see the sun'

The driver of a horrific crash that killed five Timaru teenagers will spend more than two years in jail. 

Tyreese Fleming appeared in the High Court at Timaru on Wednesday where he heard emotional victim impact statements.

As Tyreese Fleming entered the dock, his freedom ran out.

"I sentence you, on each of the charges of dangerous driving to two years and six months imprisonment all to be served concurrently," Judge Osbourne told the defendant in the High Court on Wednesday.

Five charges for the five deaths that he caused.

The victims' families had mixed reactions outside court.

"He hasn't shown a lot of remorse. That's the worst part and all the families have noticed that," Drummond's dad said.

Goodger's dad said it will take time to forgive Fleming for what he has done.

"It's going to take a long time for me to actually forgive him properly. I have forgiven him but I haven't forgiven him 100 percent."

Fleming was driving when the car crashed on a back road near Timaru in August last year.

The car was moving so fast that when it crashed it split in two. 

Judge Osbourne addressed the defendant in court and said: "You were travelling at a speed between 110 and 115 km/h per hour.

"You had drunk a significant quantity of alcohol before driving."

Fleming had only been on his restricted license for three days.

Javarney Drummond, Niko Hill, Jack Wallace, Joseff McCarthy, and Andrew Goodger were killed instantly - Fleming was the only survivor.

In April, Fleming pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of dangerous driving causing death. 

Goodger's sister Georgia said she could never forgive Fleming.

"I'll never forgive you for what you've done. You deserve life in prison for what you've done and in my opinion, you shouldn't even be allowed to see the sun."

Victim impact statements took their toll on loved ones as Goodger's dad was unable to keep it together to read his statement.

"I have got to get out, I have got to get out," he said as he began to tear up.

His daughter finished the impact statement for him.

"My name's Georgia, I'm going to finish my dad's statement.

"I miss him with my heart and soul and sometimes I accidentally phone him to see where he is," Goodger's sister said on behalf of their dad.

Hill's mother told the court she relives the last time she saw her boy.

"As he was leaving I said I love you, he said I love you too - little did I know that was the last time I would see him, hear those words."

Hill's Aunty said: "He will never be a parent uncle or grandfather, that is never going to happen now." 

A total of 16 victim impact statements were read out in court from the families of the five victims. One asked him to honour the lives that were lost by doing good in the world. But as the sentencing concluded, there was also a threat from the public gallery, where they warned the defendant to grow eyes in the back of his head.

The 20-year-old's family was also in court for today's sentencing while Fleming left his lawyer to address the victims' families.

Defence Lawyer Thomas Nation read a statement on behalf of the defendant.

"He asked me to say to all the victims' families and everyone in this community I will forever be truly, truly sorry for what I have caused."

Fleming is also disqualified from driving for five years.