A dangerous driver who caused the death of a father can be released from jail in June after he was sentenced to two years and three months without parole.
Dane Wheway, 25, caused a horrific crash which killed Jeremy Harvey on the M1 north of Sydney in March 2018.
He was driving his Ford Ranger ‘dangerously and erratically’ at 123kmh before he clipped the front of Mr Harvey’s ute while merging in front of him.
Dane Wheway (pictured), 25, caused a horrific crash which killed Jeremy Harvey on the M1 north of Sydney in March 2018
The collision forced Mr Harvey (pictured), 46, to swerve left into an oncoming Coles truck
The collision forced Mr Harvey, 46, to swerve left into an oncoming Coles truck which rammed him off the road and into trees where he died. No-one else was seriously injured.
Wheway pleaded guilty to dangerous driving occasioning death but was put on trail for vehicular manslaughter, a more serious charge used when police suspect a motorist knowingly drove a faulty vehicle before causing a fatal crash.
He was found not guilty to that charge and was sentenced on Tuesday to three years and six months in prison with a non-parole period of 27 months.
It means Wheway may be released in June with time already served.
This is the shocking moment an alleged dangerous driver crashed into a ute causing a horror freeway smash with a Coles truck which left one man dead
Dramatic dashcam footage shows a black truck swerving in and out of lanes on the M1 north of Sydney on Friday afternoon before the crash with a Coles truck (pictured)
The 25-year-old cried and hugged his family in the dock when the sentence was handed down, according to the Daily Telegraph.
New South Wales District Court Judge Robyn Tupman said Wheway showed remorse for his actions and took this into account when passing the sentence.
He accepted that Wheway never applied for bail because of his ‘guilt and shame’.
The court also heard that Mr Harvey had a low-range blood alcohol reading of 0.06 before he died.
The truck swerves left and crashes into another ute, causing a pile up with a Coles truck as the vehicles veered off the road
The aftermath of the collision between a ute and a Coles truck north of Sydney (pictured)