Family’s anger over sentence for driver who fatally hit grandfather


A 19-year-old man who was drunk, speeding, and driving without a licence could be out of jail in less than two years after knocking down an Adelaide grandfather who later died.

Brenton Curtis was on his weekly bicycle ride, something he had done every Sunday morning for 20 years, when he was run down at Salisbury Plain in October last year.

He later died in hospital.

Garang Luk has been sent to jail, but he will be out in 20 months.

Brenton Curtis was on his weekly bicycle ride when he was run down at Salisbury Plain in October last year. Source: 7News
Garang Luk has been sent to jail, but he will be out in 20 months. Source: 7News

“Twenty months for killing a man just isn’t enough and we’re left asking the question, what does a driver have to do to get a decent sentence?,” the man’s son Ashley Curtis said.

Mr Luk was almost three times over the alcohol limit when he hit Mr Curtis.

After the crash, he didn’t help his victim or call triple-zero.

“I’ve got five grandsons that are all going to be driving one day,” the victim’s wife, Wendy Curtis said.

“How do you teach them to do the right thing when this is what happens?”

The victim’s family has slammed the sentence, calling for tougher penalties for killer drivers. Source: 7News
The victim’s wife Wendy Curtis said cycling was her husband’s passion. Source: 7News

The judge said despite his youth and prior offending the crime was too serious to warrant a suspended sentence or to allow Mr Luk to serve his term on home detention.

His relatives say the 19-year-old is remorseful, but the victim’s family aren’t buying it.

“He’s sorry he got caught,” Ashley Curtis said.

“That’s all he’s sorry for.”