Darren Anthony Lightbody, 46, caused a crash that killed an 86-year-old woman and seriously injured a 69-year-old woman.
Darren Anthony Lightbody, 46, caused a crash that killed an 86-year-old woman and seriously injured a 69-year-old woman. Facebook

Killer driver who left to get a rum has appeal refused

A MAN who left the scene of a fatal crash to get changed and have a rum has lost an appeal that claimed his sentence was excessive.

In November 2016, Darren Anthony Lightbody was driving south on Steve Irwin Way at Landsborough.

In front of him a woman driving a Subaru was stopped and indicating to turn right into a property.

Lightbody did not brake or take any evasive action before his Toyota Hilux smashed into the stationary Subaru, forcing it into the path of a north-bound Toyota Corolla.

The Corolla's 69-year-old driver received a ruptured artery and needed a blood transfusion on the side of the road, and the car's 86-year-old passenger was killed.

The Subaru's driver had two discs in her spine fractured.

Lightbody left the scene, changed his clothes and had a rum and coke at the Landsborough Hotel, about 2km from the crash.

He called friends and family and his son drove to the pub, picked him up and returned him to the crash site about an hour and a half after the crash. There Lightbody told police he had caused the crash.

In September 2018, Lightbody was sentenced to three years' jail, suspended after serving 12 months behind bars for dangerous driving that caused death and grievous bodily harm.

Lightbody appealed that decision earlier this year arguing his sentence was excessive as his momentary inattention caused the crash but the sentence reflected one that a drunk driver might have been given for the offence.

On Friday, Queensland Court of Appeal rejected that argument.

Justice Thomas Bradley said Lightbody showed "callous disregard for the welfare of others”.

"By leaving the scene (Lightbody) exhibited a disregard and indifference to the lives of others. He made no inquiries about the extent of the injuries or as to whether anyone had been killed in the crash,” he said.

"(Lightbody) showed concern only for himself: removing himself from the scene; changing his dusty clothes for fresh ones; buying himself a drink; and calling his son to pick him up.”

Justice Bradley said the sentence was not excessive. 



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