SA death crash driver placed on bond


A man who ran up the back of a motorcycle, embedding the bike under the front of his car and killing the rider, has been given a suspended jail sentence.

James Andrew Culshaw was found guilty of causing the death of 44-year-old Shane Byrne in the crash on South Australia's Sturt Highway in 2014.

The 29-year-old was on his way to work when he "ploughed" into the back of Mr Byrne's bike, throwing him into the air, District Court Judge Sydney Tilmouth said in sentencing on Wednesday.

Judge Tilmouth said Culshaw's failure to see Mr Byrne remained inexplicable and involved a significant lapse in judgment.

But he said Culshaw had co-operated with police and had also caused anguish for his family as well as for that of the victim.

"A crippling sense of guilt continues to beset you," Judge Tilmouth said.

He jailed Culshaw for two years and six months with a non-parole period of 18 months but suspended both terms, placing him on an 18-month good behaviour bond.

The father of two was also disqualified from driving for 10 years.