Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Jail for Driving, Sex Charges; Chadwick, 20, Feels 'Putrid' over Crash

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Jail for Driving, Sex Charges; Chadwick, 20, Feels 'Putrid' over Crash

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"I WISH you could have met him for just a day, then you would understand what an awful and tragic loss it is for all of us who knew him."

A brief excerpt of a powerful victim statement from the wife of Timothy Hardwick was read aloud in Bundaberg District Court yesterday to demonstrate the inconceivable loss the family has suffered.

It was December 3, 2015 when a then unlicensed 18-year-old Cody Jordan Chadwick drove his car onto the wrong side of a North Bundaberg street, striking and killing the 38-year-old Bundaberg father-of-two.

Chadwick pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death and leaving the scene of an incident without obtaining help.

It's a charge that carries a maximum penalty of 14 years.

Chadwick was also facing indictment charges relating to carnal knowledge of a girl under 16 and indecent treatment of a girl under 16 as well as summary charges relating to other traffic incidents.

At the time of the fatal incident Chadwick was on a probation order and suspended sentence relating to other traffic matters and on bail for the sexual offences.

The court heard on December 3, 2015 Chadwick was seen driving in a reckless fashion at a nearby caravan park, coming in close proximity to Mr Hardwick's children.

This incident sparked Mr Hardwick and others to then leave the caravan park to look for Chadwick and "remonstrate" with him.

Crown Prosecutor David Finch said about 5.30pm, Chadwick was standing next to his car on Queen St, Bundaberg North accompanied by a man and woman when two men, associated with Mr Hardwick, approached Chadwick's vehicle.

Chadwick then jumped back into his car and drove off at speed as one of the men approached the vehicle, throwing a tree branch at the car.

Chadwick drove along Queen St towards Perry St but instead of staying in the left lane and turning left, which is the only legal turn able to be made onto Perry St, Chadwick drove onto the right-hand lane into oncoming traffic at unsafe speeds, hitting Mr Hardwick. …

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