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PLEASE don’t drink and drive. Bund­aberg po­lice of­fi­cer-in-charge Se­nior Sergeant Er­win Hoff­mann’s five sim­ple words echo those emer­gency ser­vices, politi­cians, com­mu­nity and fam­ily mem­bers have been say­ing for decades.

They are more of a plea than just five words, and 23-year-old Ger­man back­packer Ju­liane Kohn could still have been alive to­day had Karl An­thony Bar­tolo heeded the mes­sage on June 26, 2012.

On a stretch of the Bruce Hwy at Ap­ple Tree Creek, Bar­tolo, 39, crossed onto the wrong side of the road and slammed into Miss Kohn and San­dra Kloss’s van.

Miss Kloss flew back to Aus­tralia to give Bund­aberg Dis­trict Court the de­tails of her friend’s fi­nal mo­ments.

The court heard Miss Kohn lived for just min­utes after the col­li­sion, as Miss Kloss com­forted her and told her ev­ery­thing would be al­right, de­spite re­al­is­ing the crash had crushed Ms Kohn’s legs.

Bar­tolo was found guilty of dan­ger­ous driv­ing while ad­versely af­fected by al­co­hol at Bund­aberg Dis­trict Court last Fri­day, and sentenced to seven years jail.

“Ju­liane Kohn and her fam­ily, San­dra Kloss and her fam­ily and the com­mu­nity as a whole – this trial has touched so many lives,” Snr Sgt Hoff­man said.

“This in­ci­dent high­lights the se­vere con­se­quences of driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of an in­tox­i­cat­ing sub­stance.”

Bar­tolo will be el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply for pa­role after three-and-a-half years.


TRAGIC LOSS: Ger­man back­packer Ju­liane Kohn, 23, was killed in a fa­tal crash at Ap­ple Tree Creek in June, 2012.


INSIDE: Karl An­thony Bar­tolo was sentenced to seven years in jail.

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