The brother of disgraced NRL player Bronson Xerri has been found guilty of three charges following a crash that killed a 63-year-old woman.
Troy Anthony Xerri's out of control ute slammed head-on into Joanne Duke's car on Blaxland Rd at Eastwood in November 2019 as she was driving home from work.
The mother-of-three died at the scene while Xerri's male passenger, Michael Nader was seriously injured and required surgery.
Another woman, Edwina Roberts, was driving behind Joanne Duke when the two vehicles slammed into hers. She suffered minor injuries.
Speed was a key focus of the trial, with the Crown prosecutor trying to prove Xerri was driving at more than 45 km/h above the speed limit – a claim his defence denied, saying his speed was closer to 80 km/h – 20 km/h above the speed limit.
In reaching a verdict today, Sydney District Court Judge Leonie Flannery said the evidence from the Crown's expert that Xerri reached a speed of 120 km/h couldn't be accepted beyond a reasonable doubt because there were errors in how it was calculated.
As a result, she found the Merrylands man not guilty of the two more serious charges of aggravated dangerous driving occasioning death and aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.
But the judge did find Xerri guilty of the lesser charges of dangerous driving occasioning death and dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm – two charges he had earlier pleaded guilty to.
Xerri's also pleaded guilty to a third charge of furious driving, which related to Edwina Roberts.
The impact of Xerri's Toyota HiLux hitting Ms Duke's Mazda sedan was so severe, the tray of the ute became separated from the rest of the vehicle.
Xerri, 30, remains in custody and will be sentenced on April 15.
His brother Bronson was a rising star with the Cronulla Sharks until he was suspended in May last year after doping samples tested positive to banned substances including testosterone.
He'll remain sidelined until 2024.