Drunken driver jailed over crossing death
A DRUNK driver who killed a 19-year-old woman at Caboolture after downing eight beers at work has been sentenced to more than five years jail.
Danica Fullerton, 19, was struck and dragged by Torin Pegler's utility as she cycled across a pedestrian crossing on Pettigrew St, Caboolture, around 8.30pm on October 17, last year.
She was rushed to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital but died from her injuries one day later.
Pegler was today sentenced in the Brisbane District Court after pleading guilty to dangerous driving causing the woman's death.
Judge Nathan Jarro sentenced the man to five-and-a-half years' jail. He will be eligible for parole in July 2020.
The court heard the 34-year-old was driving more than twice the legal alcohol limit when he failed to see another car travelling in the opposite direction had stopped at a pedestrian crossing and fatally, that Ms Fullerton, was crossing the road.
The 19-year-old had travelled only 1km from her home to buy dessert for her friend, the court heard.
Pegler returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.114 following the crash and had a six pack of beer and an open can in his car at the time he hit Ms Fullerton.
He had already drunk eight cans of Great Northern beer between 1pm and 6.30pm that day before getting behind the wheel, the court was told.
"The thing about dangerous driving is that it is tragic for everybody," Judge Jarro said during sentencing.
The court heard Pegler no longer drank alcohol and was "profoundly remorseful".
When asked if he wished to say anything before being sentenced, the Caboolture father replied from the dock: "There is nothing I can put into words to say how sorry I am".
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