Lachlan McLaren pictured hours before he was killed by ute in Melbourne

Heartbreaking 16th birthday photo of hero boy hours before he heroically saved his girlfriend’s life by pushing her out of the way of a speeding car but was killed when it crashed into him

  • A photo shows a teen hours before he was killed by a speeding ute in Melbourne
  • Lachlan McLaren pushed his girlfriend, Ella Mahony, out of the way but he died
  • The driver Christopher Hennessey was high on ice before mounting the footpath
  • Hennessey was unlicensed and hired a ute that ploughed into the teenager
  • The teen’s parents asked why an unlicensed driver on drugs had hired the car

A photo of a teen who died on his 16th birthday after a speeding ute rammed into him has emerged showing him hours before his death.

Lachlan McLaren was walking his girlfriend, Ella Mahony, home in August last year when a driver, high on meth, mounted the footpath in Mentone, in Melbourne‘s south.

The Year 10 Mentone Grammar student pushed Ms Mahony out of the way just in time, but was struck and killed by the out of control car.

The image shows Lachlan McLaren standing in front of purple '16' balloons (pictured) hours before the accident, which his mum said 'shattered her heart into a million pieces'.

The image shows Lachlan McLaren standing in front of purple ’16’ balloons (pictured) hours before the accident, which his mum said ‘shattered her heart into a million pieces’.

The image shows him standing in front of purple ’16’ balloons hours before the accident, which his mum said ‘shattered her heart into a million pieces’.

The driver, Christopher Hennessey, 32, was sentenced on Monday at the Victorian County Court to 16 years in prison with a non-parole period of 11 years.

Hennessey was unlicensed and speeding on the wrong side of the Nepean Highway before the hired vehicle veered onto the path.

Judge Michael Tinney told the court Hennesey was ‘death on wheels’ and had not slept for days at the time of the accident.

The teen’s dad Carey McLaren told Seven News the family was still ‘overwhelmed with unbearable shock’.

The teen's girlfriend, Ella Mahony, (pictured) told the court, 'I lost Lachie and part of myself that day', as her and his family read their victim impact statements last week

The teen’s girlfriend, Ella Mahony, (pictured) told the court, ‘I lost Lachie and part of myself that day’, as her and his family read their victim impact statements last week

‘Lachie’s killer has been held accountable for his selfish, negligent and despicable actions,’ he said outside the court on Monday.

Moving victim impact statements from the teenager’s family and girlfriend were read out last week at a plea hearing.

Ms Mahony told the court she had been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder since her son’s death.

‘I lost Lachie and part of myself that day, two things I will never get back,’ her statement read, according to Seven News.

Mr McLaren’s mother, Michelle, told the court she sat with her son’s lifeless body for hours – willing his eyes to open.

Ms Mahony, (pictured) told the court she had been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder since the tragedy

Ms Mahony, (pictured) told the court she had been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder since the tragedy

Lachlan McLaren, 16, (pictured) died saving his girlfriend's life, on his birthday

Lachlan McLaren, 16, (pictured) died saving his girlfriend’s life, on his birthday

‘I had to walk away and leave my baby in a box and it shattered my heart into a million pieces,’ she said.

His father told the court he has been blinded by rage since his son’s death.

‘I don’t know who I am anymore,’ he said.

Hennessey had driven 800m on the wrong side of the highway before he ploughed into the teens on August 15, 2021. 

He was subsequently charged with culpable driving causing death.

Hennessy was found guilty and appeared in court via video link last week- keeping his head down as the victim impact statements were read out.

The boy’s father Carey asked how an unlicensed driver, high on drugs, was able to hire a ute.

He called for introducing digital drivers’ licences to avoid further deaths at the hands of negligent drivers. 

‘Lachie’s life mattered,’ he said.

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