Drunk driver jailed for pedestrian death
A drunk driver who was travelling at twice the speed limit when he lost control of a car, ploughing into and killing a pedestrian, has been jailed for 41⁄2 years.
Mother-of-two Peta Anne Agostinelli, 62, was walking along a footpath on Arcadia Drive in Shoalwater on March 24 when she was hit by the out-ofcontrol car being driven by 27year-old Shane Laurence Walsh. Walsh was travelling at
107km/h in a 50km/h zone in the seconds before the fatal crash and at 67km/h when he struck Ms Agostinelli, who died of multiple injuries at the scene.
The carpenter had earlier been drinking at the Port Kennedy Tavern and recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.193 — almost four times the legal driving limit.
Walsh’s lawyer, Seamus Rafferty, said his client accepted he “callously” showed a “selfish disregard” for people on and near the road that night and “cannot understand why he drove on that particular day”.
Mr Rafferty said Walsh had written a letter to Ms Agostinelli’s family that reflected the “utter remorse” he felt for causing her death.
But prosecutor James Mactaggart described Walsh’s behaviour as “outrageous”, saying he knowingly drove in a “state of significant intoxication” before flooring the accelerator and hitting an innocent pedestrian.
Justice Jeremy Curthoys said Walsh was highly intoxicated and had no reason to be behind the wheel other than “to go for a drive”. He must serve at least 21⁄2 years behind bars before becoming eligible for parole.