Vic truck driver jailed for mum’s death

AAP on July 14, 2017, 3:26 pm

A truck driver who wasn’t paying attention when he slammed into the back of a car on a Melbourne freeway and killed a woman has been jailed for four years. Terrence Nicholson crashed into a line of traffic on the Western Ring Road in Laverton North in June 2016, killing a mother-of-two in the six-car pile up. After the crash he told police he must have been focused on the traffic further ahead and did not see the cars in front of him before it was too late.

In the Victorian County Court on Friday, Nicholson was jailed for at least two years and six months after he pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving. “You seem to have little idea as to why your concentration was so poor and why the accident occurred,” Judge James Montgomery said. Nicholson admitted to using his phone in the truck some six minutes before the crash, and he was fined for this offence.

The court heard Nicholson is of below average intelligence but this was no excuse for the accident. “There is nothing complex about driving in traffic on the Ring Road at six o’clock in the morning and keeping a look out,” Judge Montgomery said. Nicholson’s prime mover was travelling about 70km/h at the time of the collision, which involved six cars.

The two daughters of the woman killed in the crash previously told the court of the devastating impact of her death. “They gave moving accounts of the effect of the loss of their mother,” Judge Montgomery said. The judge hoped the four-year jail term would show there were “serious consequences” to this kind of inattentive driving.

Nicholson was also disqualified from obtaining a driver’s licence for 10 years after his release.

AAP

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