Fatal crash driver's sentence criticised by victim's family
THE sentence handed down to a truck driver found in possession of ice and cannabis at Bangalow only hours after a fatal crash at Tabbimoble last year has been criticised by the victim's family.
Craig Charles Lambert was sentenced to four-and-a half years' jail in Lismore District Court last Thursday over the March 27 incident that killed 62-year-old Douglas Hyde.
Mr Hyde's family said the sentence does not compensate for their loss and suffering.
"We sincerely thank the police and DPP, and all the witnesses who stepped forward to account for the terrible events of that day," wife Sandy, daughter Kristen and son Nick said in a statement.
"However, this sentence will forever appear inadequate to us against the permanent loss and suffering caused."
Mr Hyde died as a result of injuries received in a horror crash on the Pacific Hwy at Tabbimoble.
At about 12.05pm the Hino truck being driven north by Lambert collided with the southbound VW Passat carrying Mr Hyde and his wife.
Mr Hyde was airlifted to Gold Coast Hospital but died four days later.
Lambert was arrested at the scene and taken to Lismore Base Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.
He was later released but about 9.20 that night police stopped Lambert at Bangalow and found he was in possession of cannabis and ice.
After he entered a guilty plea to the charge of dangerous driving occasioning death, Judge Laura Wells sentenced Lambert to four-and-a-half years' jail with a non-parole period of three years and four months.
Lambert also entered guilty pleas to two counts of possessing a prohibited drug and was sentenced to three months jail on each count.
Judge Wells also disqualified Lambert from driving for five years.