Short fusion man who killed wife when he mowed her down with car is thrown behind bars for 90 days
- Craig Hopkins’ wife, Narelle, died after hitting a fence at their home with his car
- His car slammed into the gate against Narelle, who fell and hit her head on the ground
- He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving that resulted in death and was jailed for three months
A Victorian father who killed his wife after running his car into the gate of their childhood home has been detained for only 90 days.
Craig Hopkins’ wife, Narelle, passed away after passing away outside their home in Coldstream, Victoria on February 17, 2019.
The 46-year-old had fled the house in his Hyundai i20 after an argument with his wife and returned to find her closing the gate.
Hopkins told police he was “an idiot” when he hit the accelerator and hit the gate at 18 mph, which swung and hit his 22-year-old wife and knocked her over.
The 45-year-old hit her head on the floor and died in hospital six weeks later.
Craig Hopkins’ wife Narelle (pictured together) died after his car hit a fence in their home in Coldstream, Victoria
Hopkins pleaded guilty to dangerous driving that resulted in death after Melbourne magistrate Susan Wakeling said she intended to put him behind bars at a hearing in August.
‘The issue of driving and Mr Hopkins’ moral guilt calls for imprisonment,’ said Ms Wakeling, The Herald Sun reported
Hopkins was sentenced to three months in prison and has to do 150 hours of unpaid community work and mental health counseling.
Ms. Wakeling said there was no history of Hopkins criminal activity or domestic violence between the couple.
She said Hopkins felt remorse for “the loss of a family member, partner, and best friend.”
Two other charges of dangerous driving and reckless behavior that endangered life were dropped following Hopkins’ guilty plea.
Hopkins said he thought his wife would open the gate and let him ‘drive straight ahead’ and pulled his handbrake up when he saw it crash.
He was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident.
His daughter Brooke wrote online after her mother’s death that their ‘perfect’ family was broken after the ‘bizarre accident’.
Hopkins hit the gate with his car, which bumped into his wife (pictured) and knocked her over