Truck driver David James Price found guilty of causing fatal Beresfield crash

GUILTY: The crash site on the New England Highway at Beresfield in 2016.
GUILTY: The crash site on the New England Highway at Beresfield in 2016.

A TRUCK driver has been found guilty of causing the crash that claimed the life of Ellalong man Daniel Milne at Beresfield in 2016.

David James Price, 56, of Butterwick, was on Wednesday found guilty of dangerous driving occasioning death after a two week trial in Newcastle District Court.

Price was driving a Mitsubishi Fuso truck along the New England Highway on May 10, 2016, when he crashed into the back of Mr Milne’s Toyota HiLux, which was at the end of a line of cars banked up approaching the intersection with John Renshaw Drive. 

The impact forced the 30-year-old’s HiLux into a Holden Captiva, which struck a Toyota Rav4.

The truck “overrode” the HiLux and the cab of the utility was crushed, killing Mr Milne. The prosecution case was that the only explanation for the crash was that Price had failed to keep a proper look out. And after two weeks of evidence, which included a drive-through of the crash site, the jury agreed, deliberating for two hours before returning a guilty verdict. 

Price, who remains on bail, will be sentenced in April.