Driver, 61, jailed after fatal crash

A GYMPIE man has been jailed for at least three months for causing a head-on car crash that killed an 86-year-old woman at Marcoola almost two years ago.

Campbell Thomas Duncan, 61, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death, after the smash on David Low Way at Marcoola in September 2010.

The District Court heard Mr Duncan left the Mt Coolum Golf Club and was driving south when he looked away to find a lighter to light his pipe.

This "momentary inattention" caused Mr Duncan's car to drive across double white lines and crash into an oncoming vehicle, killing the driver, Gloria Jean Lipske.

Defence lawyer Mark McAuley said the accident happened almost immediately after Mr Duncan took his eyes off the road.

Judge Griffin took into consideration that Mr Duncan had also suffered injuries for which he still received treatment, and that his work as a software writer had suffered considerably.

He sentenced Mr Duncan to 18 months in custody, suspended after three months for two years.

Order of events

  • Sept 23, 2010 - Head-on collision on David Low Way.
  • Sept 26, 2010 - Gloria Jean Lipske dies.
  • March 2, 2011 - Duncan is charged by police.
  • May 29, 2012 - Duncan is sentenced.
  • Aug 29, 2012 - Duncan will be eligible for release.
Gympie Times


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