Crash fam­ily de­stroyed

South Western Times - - Front Page - Kate Field­ing A fam­ily’s heartache, page 7

The fam­ily of a Bun­bury man killed at the hands of a drug­fu­elled driver has spo­ken of the dev­as­ta­tion of los­ing a devoted hus­band and fa­ther.

Navarone Maxwell Hill, 30, of Usher, was high on mul­ti­ple drugs and speed­ing when the car he was driv­ing drifted across the road and crashed head-on into Robert Au­men­tado Gas­con’s car on South West­ern High­way in Glen Iris, just 10 days be­fore Christ­mas last year.

Mr Gas­con, 54, was killed in the crash and his pas­sen­ger and work­mate, Winifred Te Aroha Tai, re­ceived “hor­rific” in­juries and was cut from the wreck­age and air­lifted to Royal Perth Hos­pi­tal.

Hill could spend as lit­tle as three years and two months be­hind bars after be­ing sentenced in Bun­bury Dis­trict Court yes­ter­day.

Hill had metham­phetamine, am­phet­a­mine and MDA in his blood at the time of the crash, which oc­curred about 5.30am.

He pleaded guilty to dan­ger­ous driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs caus­ing death and dan­ger­ous driv­ing caus­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm.

Judge Vicki Ste­wart de­scribed Hill’s ac­tions as reck­less and hav­ing a “self­ish dis­re­gard” for the safety of oth­ers re­sult­ing in a “last­ing ef­fect” on Mr Gas­con’s fam­ily.

Judge Ste­wart sentenced Hill to five years and two months in jail, but made him el­i­gi­ble for pa­role when he had two years re­main­ing.

A Bun­bury mother is fright­ened her fam­ily will face de­por­ta­tion to the Philip­pines as she comes to terms with the death of her hus­band of 30 years.

Jovy Gas­con spoke about her fam­ily’s dev­as­ta­tion out­side Bun­bury Dis­trict Court yes­ter­day, mo­ments after Navarone Maxwell Hill, 30, was sentenced over the head-on crash which killed 54-year-old Robert Au­men­tado Gas­con.

Mr Gas­con — a hus­band and fa­ther — was killed in the early morn­ing crash on De­cem­ber 15 when a drug-fu­elled Hill was speed­ing be­fore cross­ing to the wrong side of the road.

Flanked by her chil­dren and fam­ily friends, Mrs Gas­con was at times lost for words as she tried to talk about her hus­band and the jail sen­tence handed down to Hill.

“I was mar­ried to him for 30 years, these are our chil­dren, he is a very fam­ily man and he sup­ported me in ev­ery­thing that I do,” Mrs Gas­con said.

“With­out him, some­times it’s not easy. We miss him so much es­pe­cially with night time.

“My chil­dren, they are so tough and I thank God they are with me.”

Hill was sentenced to five years and two months be­hind bars, but will be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role when he has two years left — a pun­ish­ment Mrs Gas­con said could not undo any dam­age.

“It doesn’t mat­ter, long or short, it can­not bring my hus­band’s life back, so it’s all right,” she said.

“He (Hill) may dis­cover not to use this drugs be­cause it re­ally hurts . . . So that he will not hurt any­body like he hurt us, our fam­ily.

“I’m just thank­ful that this is over and we can just move on to the next thing that we have to tackle, like our visas.”

The Gas­cons’ visas ex­pire in De­cem­ber and fam­ily friend Ka­rina Hyde pleaded for the De­part­ment of Home Af­fairs to have com­pas­sion.

“We re­ally would like the im­mi­gra­tion de­part­ment to think com­pas­sion­ately about the fam­ily’s sit­u­a­tion and what loss they’ve al­ready been through at the hands of an Aus­tralian,” she said. “And now they face de­por­ta­tion in De­cem­ber and it’s just not fair.”

Jovy Gas­con and her daugh­ter speak about their dev­as­ta­tion out­side Bun­bury Dis­trict Court yes­ter­day.

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