Driver Sentenced After Ploughing Through Busy Sydney Intersection

The truck driver responsible for sending 6 people to hospital after speeding through a busy Sydney intersection in 2014 has been sentenced to a minimum of 3 years in jail.

The driver was caught on CCTV footage losing control of his 22 tonne truck on Warringah Road in Dee Why where he failed to heed a 20km/h speed limit and instead hit speeds of up to 65km/h on a steep descent. His truck subsequently upended and hit into 6 cars.

In addition to injuring road users, 2 police officers were also seriously injured.

Senior Constable Amy Champion was one of the officers injured, while on her way to work. She suffered a broken shoulder, broken ribs and a traumatic brain injury.

The driver told police, through an interpreter that his brakes were faulty, but the judge found no evidence of a mechanical fault. He was found guilty of 2 counts of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.

The judge took into consideration the “truly terrible” effect the incident had on the officer.

The judge found the driver to not be genuinely remorseful as he had not taken responsibility for his actions. He entered a not guilty plea.

He was sentenced to a total of four years’ imprisonment and will be eligible for parole in April 2020. Upon release from prison he will be disqualified from driving for 2 years.

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