Driver of fa­tal crash fined

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A CHIN­CHILLA man has been fined $1000 and dis­qual­i­fied from hold­ing/ ob­tain­ing a driver’s li­cence for six months when he ap­peared in Chin­chilla Mag­is­trates Court last Thurs­day.

David Ge­orge El­der, 76, pleaded guilty to driv­ing with­out due care and at­ten­tion or driv­ing with­out rea­son­able con­sid­er­a­tion for other per­sons us­ing road or place.

Po­lice said El­der had been driv­ing a van with four pas­sen­gers when he at­tempted a u-turn on the Le­ich­hardt High­way on April 19, 2017 when a garbage truck trav­el­ling be­hind hit the van.

One 90-year-old pas­sen­ger died, while an­other 83-year-old pas­sen­ger suf­fered in­ter­nal in­juries. Two other pas­sen­gers (aged 88 and 91) re­ceived mi­nor in­juries.

El­der re­ceived mi­nor in­juries and the driver of the garbage truck was un­in­jured.

Mag­is­trate Davies de­scribed the of­fence by El­der, who has no prior traf­fic his­tory, as “a ridicu­lous ma­noeu­vre on the high­way” that had “dread­ful con­se­quences”.

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