Vic man jailed for toddler's road death

A drink driver has been jailed for causing the death of a "beautiful 16-month-old girl" just before Christmas in regional Victoria.

Blake Chadwick, 25, had a blood alcohol reading of 0.156 per cent - more than three times the legal limit - when he failed to observe a stop sign on Phillip Island.

In broad daylight on December 17, 2016 and following an afternoon of drinking, Chadwick drove into the intersection of Smiths Beach and Back Beach roads, even though he was asked to slow down by one of his passengers.

The resulting collision with another car killed the toddler and also seriously injured her mother, who suffered a punctured lung and fractured ribs.

The girl was airlifted to hospital but died a short time later.

The child's father and the couple's other daughter were not injured.

"Your driving skills would've been adversely affected by the amount of alcohol in your system ... and this was a major cause of the collision which caused the death of a doubtless beautiful 16-month-old girl," County Court of Victoria Judge Paul Lacava said on Wednesday.

Judge Lacava noted Chadwick had led an otherwise "unblemished life" and had good prospects for rehabilitation.

Chadwick had shown genuine remorse and written two letters to the family expressing his regret and shame, the judge added.

"From what you have said in the letters, I have no doubt you will regret your conduct that brings you to this criminal court, for the rest of your life," Judge Lacava said.

Chadwick previously pleaded guilty to culpable driving causing death, by drink driving to the extent he was incapable of properly controlling a car.

He'd also pleaded guilty to negligently causing serious injury by entering an intersection without stopping, failing to observe a stop sign.

Chadwick was sentenced to seven years in prison and must serve four years and eight months before being eligible for parole.

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