Truckie jailed over cyclist's death

Tim Dornin
·2-min read

A truckie carting milk who smashed into the back of a cyclist on an interstate ride, flinging him more than 60 metres down the road, has been jailed for four years over the fatal crash.

Daryl Adams was riding from his Melbourne home to Adelaide at the time of the Tour Down Under in January 2019 when he was hit and killed.

Truckie Daniel Barry was found guilty by a jury last year of causing death by dangerous driving and also admitted leaving the scene of the crash.

At his trial, he claimed not to have known he had hit the cyclist in the early morning crash on the Princes Highway, between Kingston and Meningie.

But sentencing the 39-year-old on Friday, District Court Judge Stephen McEwen said he found Barry's claims "totally implausible".

"His claim that he felt nothing inside the cabin, saw nothing of what was happening right in front of him and heard nothing, I find totally lacking in credibility," the judge said.

Judge McEwen said he also found Barry's evidence to be vague and inconsistent.

He said on the material before him, it was overwhelming that the truckie must have been aware of the collision.

"This was not a glancing collision along the side of the truck," the judge said.

"The evidence shows that the bicycle and rider were carried forward by the front of the truck.

"The deceased eventually came to rest off the side of the road, 63.3 metres from the point of impact.

"Significant portions of the bike were deposited along the road at 38 metres, 60 metres and 84.5 metres from the point of impact."

Judge McEwen jailed Barry for four years and set a non-parole period of two years, four months and 25 days.

Outside court, Mr Adams' sister Jan Cleeman said the sentence was "bittersweet" although the term "didn't sit that well", with the family.

She said they would like to see penalties increased.

"You just can't go and not watch what you're doing and kill a human being," she said.

Ms Cleeman said her brother's death would leave a "huge void in our lives".