A drug-driving mum has been jailed over her son’s death

Stacey Panozzo pleaded guilty to aggravated causing death by dangerous driving over the 2017 crash at Kuitpo.

She was jailed today in the SA District Court for three years, eight months with a non-parole period of two years, two months.

Stacey Brooke Panozzo outside court.Source:Supplied

Jackson Levi Rayner died in the crash.

Jackson Levi Rayner died in the crash.Source:Supplied

The Adelaide Advertiser reports Panozza wept as the court refused to excuse or show mercy for her ongoing, drug-fuelled irresponsibility on the roads.

Judge Paul Cuthbertson said Panozzo tested positive for illicit drugs on nine separate occasions after the crash – and had been caught driving two of those times.

“All of these offences are more serious, having been committed after you killed your own son,” he said.

“The fact you were in the grips of a methylamphetamine addiction goes some way to explaining (it), but your offending is not excused by it.

“Your offending is too serious to warrant a suspended sentence – you must be personally deterred, given the continuation of offending after the crash.”

Panozzo, 35, killed her seven-year-old son, Jackson Levi Rayner, and injured her daughter Lara, in the crash.

She was also injured while her other son, Harley, suffered shock.


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