Vic truckie jailed for killing pedestrian

Rick Goodman

Mother-of-three Kathy Curlis walked onto a zebra crossing in suburban Melbourne on a clear afternoon, and it was the last thing she ever did.

A car had slowed to let her cross but approaching delivery truck driver David Stubbs, who was not paying attention and has now been jailed, ploughed into the back of it.

The truck propelled the car onto the notorious Wantirna crossing, striking 60-year-old Ms Curlis.

The drivers of both vehicles came to Ms Curlis' aid, but she did not survive the night in hospital.

Stubbs, 45, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death and he was jailed on Wednesday for three and a half years.

Victorian County Court Judge James Montgomery hoped the sentence would deter other dangerous drivers in future.

"This was a serious breach of the proper management and control of your vehicle," he said.

Stubbs had a "lack of attention" and failed to keep a proper lookout, the judge said.

This was the second time this month Judge Montgomery has sentenced a truck driver whose careless driving has caused a death.

Stubbs, of Ferntree Gully, raised his eyebrows and let out a sigh upon hearing the sentence.

"That's a disgrace," he said under his breath, telling his kids to "be good" as he was taken out of court.

Stubbs claimed he looked to the right to check for traffic and when he looked back he saw the car in front had stopped.

Ms Curlis' death in July 2016 made her the second person to be killed in recent years at the zebra crossing at the intersection of Boronia Road and Mountain Highway.

An 83-year-old man was killed in 2009 at the crossing, which is marked by yellow signs but not lights, and crosses a slip lane with a speed limit of 80km/h.

VicRoads held a community forum in December last year to discuss options to improve safety at the crossing.

Stubbs's truck was travelling 68km/h when it crashed into the back of the Toyota Corolla on a clear afternoon.

He must serve a minimum of one year and 10 months in jail before he is eligible for parole.