Truckie appeal bid on death crash verdict


A Victorian truck driver who killed a school teacher in a horrific head-on crash east of Adelaide is seeking leave to appeal against his conviction.

Kenneth Pillar was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving in relation to the crash that killed 61-year-old Maria Dowdell on a narrow bridge in 2015.

He was recently jailed for five years but is now seeking permission to appeal against the jury's guilty verdict, after it rejected his story that he blacked out at the wheel because of a coughing fit.

The case came before the Court of Criminal Appeal on Monday with Justice David Peek delaying the leave application until June 5.

In passing sentence last month, District Court Judge Sophie David said Pillar's driving on the day of the crash was highly irresponsible and dangerous and had placed a number of people on the bridge at risk.

Other motorists had also witnessed Pillar's truck veering onto the wrong side of the road several times before the impact.

'You were, in my mind, an accident waiting to happen," Judge David said.

The judge said Pillar also had an "appalling" history of driving offences while working as a truckie for 30 years, including driving while under the influence of methamphetamine.

She imposed a five-year head sentence with a non-parole period of three years, 10 months and 21 days.

Pillar was also disqualified from driving for 15 years once released from prison.