Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Tragedy for Truckie, Refugee; after Two Years on Bail, Man Faces Court for Crash

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Tragedy for Truckie, Refugee; after Two Years on Bail, Man Faces Court for Crash

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Byline: Amber Hooker Amber.Hooker@capnews.com.au

SHATTERED bones, memory loss, poor balance and lifelong injuries are the price a 60-year-old truck driver had to pay for one motorist's lapse in attention.

The man responsible, Sakhi Dad, has been on bail for the last two years, separated from his wife and three daughters who live in Pakistan as he suffers the consequences of running a red light on October 25, 2014.

On Tuesday, the District Court of Rockhampton heard how several seconds on the road resulted in tragedy for both men after Dad, then 36, was "dragged by a friend" to the Zodiac night club in an attempt to stop him "hibernating at home" during a low point in his life.

He left the club at 3.30am and as he drove through the intersection of High St and Moores Creek Rd, ran a light which had been red for "some period of time" and collided with a prime mover carrying two trailers about 4.20am.

Dad's car hit the nose of the truck, which rolled into a gully near Kershaw Gardens and left the driver trapped for hours before emergency services pulled him free.

Dad had three schooners of beer that night, but returned a blood alcohol concentration of zero.

The truck driver was comatose for three weeks and hospitalised for five months.

He suffered fractured ribs, air between his lungs and chest wall, bruises and bleeding into the lungs, a broken collarbone, broken bones near the shoulder blade, tibia and fibia, among other extensive injuries.

Two years on, he has only just started to drive again, suffers memory loss, has trouble with balance and has undergone a multitude of surgeries.

Dad's head hung low as the court heard of the tragedies he had encountered throughout his life: the loss of a younger brother to a tractor crash, and the other having disappeared.

As judge Helen Bowskill QC handed down Sakhi Dad's sentence for the dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing grievous bodily harm, she conceded "the circumstances were plainly tragic and equally as tragic for you (Dad) to be standing in this court".

The court heard Dad had no criminal history and was of "otherwise good character". …

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