Fatal crash driver ‘destroyed family’
A MAN who was affected by drugs when he crossed on to the wrong side of the road, killing a Miles mother and permanently injuring two of her children, has been jailed for nine years.
Donald John Moody, 46, pleaded guilty in the Bundaberg District Court to dangerous driving causing death and grievous bodily harm.
Just three days after Christmas in 2012 the Meehan family were travelling on Childers Rd at Pine Creek when Moody collided head on with their car, devastating the family.
Sandra Meehan was killed at the scene, her husband David received significant lacerations to his arm and a crushed foot while their two teenage children, Sharon and Dylan, were left paraplegics and are now confined to wheelchairs.
Miraculously the couple's baby daughter was uninjured.
Crown prosecutor Clayton Wallis said Moody had "single-handedly destroyed" the Meehan family, leaving a husband without a wife, children without a mother and a single father to raise his family.
Mr Wallis said Moody had ingested methamphetamine the night before he planned to drive from Gympie to his home in Agnes Water.
"During that drive there is no suggestion or no evidence of dangerousness or any speed, but at the time of the fatal collision he crossed that line and collided head on with the Meehan family vehicle which resulted in rehabilitating injuries to two of the children, significant injures to the father and resulted in unfortunately the death of the mother of that family," he said.
"There has been a significant impact on that family as a result of his decision to drive."
Mr Wallis said only evidence the crown had was that Moody took the drugs about 24 hours before the crash.
"The level was so significant it impaired his ability to control the vehicle," he said.
"When police attended the scene they searched the vehicle and found seven clip sealed bags containing half a point of methamphetamine."
The court heard Moody initially tried to blame Mr Meehan for crash and denied he had taken drugs.
It was only after medical tests were returned he admitted he hadn't slept for two days prior to the crash due to the consumed drugs.
Moody was also disqualified from ever holding or obtaining a drivers licence again.