Driver who killed mum Sarah Paino paroled

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The unlicensed driver who slammed into pregnant mum Sarah Paino's car in 2016, has been paroled less than four years after the tragedy.

The then 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and three friends, stole a Toyota RAV4 in Glenorchy in the early morning of January 22 in 2016.

Travelling at speeds of 110km per hour with no headlights on, the group engaged in the deadly joyride across Hobart. At 1pm, the driver ran a red light and crashed into Ms Paino’s car at the intersection of Argyle and Davey Streets.

Ms Paino, who was 33-weeks pregnant, was killed instantly, but her unborn child and two-year-old son survived the crash. The 24-year-old had dropped her partner off at work in Salamanca prior to the collision and was on her way home.

He pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to five years' in jail. He was given a non-parole period of two and a half years'.

The now 19-year-old was eligible for parole in July last year, but an initial application was refused because the parole board determined that he was not ready and needed to engage more in addressing his offending behaviour and addictions.

His second attempt was successful and was released on August 6 this year.

You can read the Parole Board's decision here.


Photo: Flowers placed where Sarah was killed in 2016. (Olivia Hicks)