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Alleged Ratten car driver on drug, theft charges

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The 17-year-old boy who was allegedly driving the car that killed the son of Hawthorn assistant coach Brett Ratten has been charged over the fatal crash.

The car rolled after coming off Glenview Road at Yarra Glen, east of Melbourne, early in the morning on August 16.

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Cooper Ratten, 16, was killed in the crash and was one of two passengers.

The 17-year-old boy has been charged with a series of offences including dangerous driving causing death, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and theft of a motor vehicle.

The other survivor from the crash, also 17, has been charged with stealing a car.

The former Carlton coach and player penned a heartbreaking letter to his son the day after he died.

“We love you so much and we will miss you forever. You will be with us every minute of every day,” Ratten wrote in the letter published by News Corp.

“You had so much potential and ability in the things you set your mind to. You have been taken way too soon and we will miss your smile, your laugh and all your cheekiness.

“These memories will last forever. I wish I could kiss you, hug you and hold you tight. I love you, my son. We love you so much always and forever.”

Both boys have been granted bail, and will appear before the Children’s Court at a later date.

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