Truck driver jailed for 18 months for killing young woman as she crossed road

A Sydney truck driver who ran over and killed a young woman on a pedestrian crossing has been jailed for at least 18 months.

Danielle McGrath's boyfriend of six years was about to propose to her.

Instead, he rushed to the scene of the accident to find the 26-year-old dead.

On Friday the man driving the truck, David Grice, was sentenced to a minimum of 18 months in jail for her death.

David Grice has been jailed for at least 18 months. Source: AAP

The collision caused the death of 26-year-old Danielle McGrath. Source: 7 News/Facebook

As her loving family spoke outside court, the pain of knowing Danielle McGrath isn't coming back was clear.

"We're just happy that Danielle had her day in court, thank you very much for your support," her father Bill said.

Danielle McGrath's father Bill addresses the media after the sentencing. Source: AAP

David Grice is now spending his first night in jail, a moment he and his wife both knew was coming since the accident in November 2016.

Grice pleaded guilty to dangerous driving occasioning death after he failed to check for pedestrians as he turned right onto The Kingsway, off Port Hacking Road in Caringbah, around 7.30am one morning.

His 48-tonne truck ran over Danielle McGrath.

Maxine Grice (right) leaves court without her husband. Source: 7 News

"This was a very difficult intersection that required drivers to be vigilant," Justice Peter Maiden said.

"He didn't look hard enough."

It almost didn't need to be said, but the judge did remark that, as a pedestrian Danielle McGrath did everything right.

She acted appropriately, walking briskly as she crossed a seven-lane road.

As a pedestrian, Danielle McGrath did everything right, the judge said. Source: 7 News

The judge added that she would have had no idea the truck was coming behind her.

Grice will be eligible for parole in August next year.

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