Fatal crash truckie hit with new charges


A Victorian truck driver, set to be sentenced over a fatal crash in South Australia in 2015, has faced court over a string of further offences.

Kenneth Laurence Pillar is on remand awaiting sentence after being found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving in relation to the crash on the Swanport Bridge, east of Adelaide.

His truck veered onto the wrong side of the road and hit the car being driven by Maria Dowdell, killing the 61-year-old mother of three.

The 55-year-old has now been charged with breaching heavy vehicle driving regulations as well as recording false information and failing to take minimum rest breaks.

Police will allege the 11 offences took place between May and June, 2015 leading up to his involvement in the fatal crash.

Penalties could involve significant fines.

Pillar was arrested in the Adelaide Remand Centre on Monday and did not apply for bail when he came before the Adelaide Magistrates Court.

He was remanded in custody to return to court in April.

During his District Court trial he blamed a coughing fit which, he said, prompted him to blackout moments before the crash.

But his argument was rejected by prosecutors who said the truckie had been distracted by his girlfriend in the cabin and the pair invented the blackout excuse to dodge responsibility.