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Victorian Teenager Pleads Guilty For Cooper Ratten's Death

A teenager who admitted his driving caused the death of Cooper Ratten, the son of Hawthorn assistant coach Brett Ratten, will face a pre-sentence hearing.

The 18-year-old, who was 17 at the time of the smash, pleaded guilty to one count of culpable driving causing death over the fatal Yarra Glen smash last year.

Police have alleged he was drunk and on ecstasy while behind the wheel, and reached speeds of up to 132km/h.

Mr Ratten, 16, was flung from the car after it came off the road and rolled.

He died on the way to hospital.

Brett Ratten is the assistant coach at Hawthorn and was senior coach and captain at Carlton.

At his son's funeral, he said: "If only they had asked me if I would take your place, I would have done so willingly."

The teen will face the Victorian County Court on Monday.


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