Truck driver sentenced to two and a half years’ jail for crash that killed Danielle McGrath

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Truck driver David Grice sentenced to two and a half years’ jail for crash that killed Danielle McGrath

The truck driver who ran down a young woman as she walked across a pedestrian crossing in Sydney’s south in 2016 has been jailed for a minimum of 18 months.

David William Edward Grice had previously pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death over the crash that killed 26-year-old Danielle McGrath.

On Friday, NSW District Court judge Peter Maiden sentenced Grice to a maximum of 31-and-a-half months in jail, with a non-parole period of 18 months.

Grice, 60, was driving along Port Hacking Road in Caringbah at about 7.30am on November 8 when he stopped at an intersection to turn right onto The Kingsway.

David Grice, 60, was sentenced to 31.5 months' jail for the crash that killed Danielle McGrath. He will be eligible for parole in June next year. (AAP)David Grice, 60, was sentenced to 31.5 months’ jail for the crash that killed Danielle McGrath. He will be eligible for parole in June next year. (AAP)Danielle McGrath's boyfriend of almost six years, Aaron Roberts, was the first of Danielle's family and friends at arrive at the scene of the crash. (Facebook)Danielle McGrath’s boyfriend of almost six years, Aaron Roberts, was the first of Danielle’s family and friends at arrive at the scene of the crash. (Facebook)

When the light turned green to go straight ahead, Grice turned right against a red right-turn arrow, hitting Ms McGrath who was crossing the street on a green pedestrian light.

Danielle McGrath’s partner Aaron Roberts arrived at the scene to see his partner of almost six years covered by a sheet with her handbag and belongings strewn across the road.

Ms McGrath’s father, Bill, said he would never forget his wife’s screams after Mr Roberts called to tell them their daughter was dead.

“Every day since my wife cries herself to sleep and wakes up the same,” Mr McGrath said.

The family of Ms McGrath embrace outside Downing Centre Local Court before Grice's sentencing this afternoon. (AAP)

The family of Ms McGrath embrace outside Downing Centre Local Court before Grice’s sentencing this afternoon. (AAP)Mr Roberts had bought a diamond ring and was planning a surprise proposal when she was killed. (Facebook)Mr Roberts had bought a diamond ring and was planning a surprise proposal when she was killed. (Facebook)

“She sleeps with a piece of Danielle’s clothing under her head for comfort.”

During Grice’s trial, boyfriend Mr Roberts revealed he’s purchased a diamond ring and was planning a surprise wedding proposal.

He instead placed the ring on Ms McGrath’s finger at her funeral, held two weeks after her death.

“I lost the brightest part of my day, my best friend and my future wife,” an emotional Mr Roberts told the NSW District Court on Thursday.

Grice had previously had his licence revoked for speeding and was twice booked for using his mobile phone while driving a truck, the court heard during his trial.

In an apology letter he read to the court, he said he couldn’t change what had happened but he was “terribly, terribly sorry”.

“I am grieved to the depths of my being knowing that I am responsible for taking a precious girl from you,” he said.

"I lost the brightest part of my day, my best friend and my future wife." (Facebook)

“I lost the brightest part of my day, my best friend and my future wife.” (Facebook)

“My heart is crushed. I’m devastated that my judgment has done so much damage to so many people and lives.”

Grice, under questioning from his lawyer, on Thursday said he didn’t see the red arrow signal when he turned at the intersection but he accepted after watching dashcam footage that it was clearly visible on the screen.

He said he didn’t check the pedestrian crossing before turning because he was focused on other vehicles on the road.

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