A Northern Territory roadtrain driver has pleaded guilty to a crash that killed a 20-year-old woman in Darwin’s outskirts last year.
The Northern Territory Supreme Court has heard Geoffrey Ross Hamilton, 24, was driving a three-carriage road train carrying cattle on the Stuart Highway about 7pm last June.
The court heard that as he approached the Coolalinga intersection, early warning lights flashed, indicating that the traffic lights ahead were about to change.
But instead of slowing down, the court heard Hamilton continued travelling at 78 km/h and ran the red light.
His 116,000 kilogram truck smashed into dental nurse Karlee McCullough’s car, killing her instantly.
A short time later, Dale Stanton, who was directing traffic around the crash site was fatally hit by another car.
Hamilton’s defence lawyer, Peter Maley told the court his client was “totally and absolutely remorseful” for Ms McCullough’s death.
The prosecutor told the court Hamilton’s actions showed a “complete disregard” for public safety and he deserved a jail sentence
Hamilton will be sentenced on Friday.