A YOUNG Terang district driver who killed another motorist when he grabbed the second half of a toasted sandwich has been urged to address people involved in road trauma awareness seminars about his experience.
Nanjing Night Net

Magistrate Ian von Einem yesterday handed down a 12-month jail sentence which was suspended for two years to Braydan Bausch, 20, who pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court last week to dangerous driving causing death.

Mr von Einem also imposed a 12-month community corrections order with conditions Bausch do 120 hours’ community work and other programs as requested.

His driving licence was also cancelled for 18 months.

Mr von Einem ordered Bausch attend a road trauma awareness seminar, suggesting it would be of community benefit if he could pass on his experiences to others.

He assessed Bausch’s moral culpability in causing the accident as low.

“He was a hard-working, caring and honest young man who made a momentary mistake which led to catastrophic consequences,” Mr von Einem said.

The magistrate noted there was no alcohol, drugs or speed involved, Bausch did not have a bad driving record and the only thing that had changed was that Bausch was now responsible for the death of another motorist.

He said the only aggravating circumstances of Bausch’s driving were the injuries received by those involved.

There were no victim impact statements tendered to the court, although Bausch wrote a letter to the victim’s family explaining what happened and of his grief.

The accident happened on a sweeping bend on the Terang-Mortlake Road, just north of the Darlington Road intersection, about 10.10am on Monday, January 10 last year.

Woorndoo’s John Richie, 73, died as a result of the accident. His passenger walked from the accident scene.

Bausch suffered head injuries, a fractured pelvis and hip and shoulder injuries.

On the day of the accident Bausch bought a ham and cheese toasted sandwich from a Terang takeaway shop which he ate on his way to work.

He took his eyes off the road when leaned down to pick up the second half of the sandwich and his vehicle veered on to the wrong side of the road, causing a high-speed, head-on collision which trapped both drivers in their cars.

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