Advertisements
Jeffrey Bates, 65, was behind the wheel of a B-double with two trailers when he used the side of his hand to steer the truck while on the Hume Highway in Berrima, NSW in October 2017

Truck driver jailed after taking his hands off the wheel to open a soda and hit an oncoming car, killing the passenger

  • A truck driver was imprisoned for at least three years after a fatal accident in 2017
  • Jeffrey Bates, 65, took his hands off the wheel of a B-double he rode
  • Tyson Fardy, 23, was killed after the ute that he was hit by a passenger was hit by the truck
Advertisements

A truck driver has been imprisoned for at least three years after he killed a passenger in another vehicle when he took his hands off the wheel to place the lid on a Fanta bottle.

Jeffrey Bates, 65, was behind the wheel of a truck when he used the side of his hand to steer while driving on the Hume Highway in Berrima, NSW in October 2017.

Tyson Fardy, 23, was in an ute that was heading in the opposite direction when Bates' truck was driving across a natural lane with four lanes wide and in traffic. Fardy died on the spot.

Jeffrey Bates, 65, was behind the wheel of a B-double with two trailers when he used the side of his hand to steer the truck while on the Hume Highway in Berrima, NSW in October 2017

Advertisements

Jeffrey Bates, 65, was behind the wheel of a B-double with two trailers when he used the side of his hand to steer the truck while on the Hume Highway in Berrima, NSW in October 2017

Tyson Fardy, 23, was in an ute that was heading the other way when the B-double powered by Bates crossed a 4 lane natural road and was in traffic

Tyson Fardy, 23, was in an ute that was heading the other way when the B-double powered by Bates crossed a 4 lane natural road and was in traffic

Tyson Fardy, 23, was in an ute that was heading the other way when the B-double powered by Bates crossed a 4 lane natural road and was in traffic

Judge Sarah Hugget noticed that Bates had his hands off the wheel for more than a moment of inattention.

She said it was previously a & # 39; calculated risk & # 39; was from a professional truck driver with more than 45 years of experience in the industry, 9 news reports.

She also mentioned his traffic history, including fines for accelerating more than 20 km / h above the speed limit.

She said his respect for the rules and regulations to keep drivers safe & # 39; doubtful & # 39; used to be.

Advertisements

Out of court, Fardy's mother, Jodie, said the loss of her son was "complicated". and that she welcomed the maximum sentence of four and a half years.

She wore a shirt with Tyson's photo on it when she left the court and told reporters that she still had unanswered questions about the crash.

The crash site on the Hume Highway in Berrima, New South Wales in October 2017

The crash site on the Hume Highway in Berrima, New South Wales in October 2017

The crash site on the Hume Highway in Berrima, New South Wales in October 2017

Outside the court, Mr. Fardy's mother, Jodie, wore a shirt with Tyson's photo on it when she left the court, and told reporters that she still had unanswered questions about the crash

Outside the court, Mr. Fardy's mother, Jodie, wore a shirt with Tyson's photo on it when she left the court, and told reporters that she still had unanswered questions about the crash

Advertisements

Outside the court, Mr. Fardy's mother, Jodie, wore a shirt with Tyson's photo on it when she left the court, and told reporters that she still had unanswered questions about the crash

. [TagsToTranslate] Dailymail