An “aggressive” motorist will spend more than four years behind bars for killing a cyclist while driving under the influence of a “cocktail of illicit drugs”.
- Darren James White hit cyclist Byron Gordon at Henley Beach on New Years Day 2021
- White was on drugs at the time
- His sentence is 5 years, 4 years without parole
Respected Adelaide GP Byron Gordon was on a morning bike ride at Henley Beach on New Years Day in 2021 when he was punched by Darren James White.
Judge Emily Telfer told the court White had methamphetamine, MDMA, cocaine and cannabis in his system when he swerved onto the wrong side of the road and hit Dr Gordon who was driving in the opposite direction.
The court heard White’s vehicle propelled Dr Gordon forward, before he ran onto the pavement and then crashed into a tree and a stobie pole.
White remained at the scene, but did not assist the injured doctor.
“Despite the best efforts of those who were first on the scene and the paramedics who subsequently attended, Dr Gordon died at the scene of the collision.”
Judge Telfer described the victim, Dr Gordon, as a much loved father, brother, friend and husband.
“It is clear that the death of Doctor Gordon has left a huge hole in their lives,” Judge Telfer said.
“He was a man who had worked hard his whole life to help others and he was looking forward to enjoying the fruits of that hard work as he slowed down in his professional life.
“Your actions and decisions have deprived him and his family of their rights.”
The 52-year-old man was sentenced to five years and six months in prison.
White received a 5% reduction on that sentence due to his guilty plea which saw the sentence reduced to five years, two months and 22 days.
Judge Telfer set his non- parole period at four years, two months and six days and suspended his driver’s license for 15 years.
The judge told the court that she recognized that White was deeply remorseful for his actions.
“It is clear that the decision you made on the morning of January 1 to drive your car was an aberration in an otherwise law-abiding life,” Judge Telfer said.
“Obviously you feel the weight of what you’ve done heavily.”
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