Barry John Reidy, 56, is facing a sentence hearing in Downing Center District Court after being convicted in a death-causing jury trial earlier this year following the fatal incident in Doonside on March 31, 2020.
City employee Reidy was behind the wheel when his truck crashed and killed Dani Gordon, 61, while crossing the road in the western Sydney suburb.
On Friday, Reidy told the court he should accept the jury’s verdict.
In court, she burst into tears to Gordon’s friends and family, saying, “I’m so sorry about what happened. If I could have it back, I would have it back in a heartbeat.”
“It was a totally horrible accident.”
Reidy’s attorney, Sophie Walsh, urged Judge Sharon Harris not to sentence her client to prison for what she called “momentary carelessness” and causing Gordon’s death.
Reidy, an experienced garbage truck driver, said he was traveling at 30 km/h in a 60 km/h zone on a dark and narrow street when the incident occurred in the early morning.
Just 0.88 seconds before the fatal collision, he pointed to the windshield of the truck that had picked up Miss Gordon.
The lawyer argued that Reidy was a man of good character, from a poor background, attached to the local community and family, and that he developed “major depressive disorder” after Mrs Gordon’s death.
“She will continue to suffer as a result of what happened,” Walsh said. Said.
He admitted that while the appropriate punishment for Reidy was “a very serious matter,” it was a lengthy community service order.
Crown Prosecutor Andrew Isaacs, in his defense, noted that Reidy was not a charge to be considered and the incident took place in a residential street that the driver was familiar with.
Earlier, Mrs Gordon’s widow, Graham Wilson, read a victim-effect statement to the court, recalling how shocked she was at the crime scene.
“I felt like my heart was being ripped out of my body,” Wilson said.
She said that she cherishes the good times the couple had together, that she will always remember the moment she met Ms. Gordon, and still talks with a photo of them at the house they shared.
“I struggle to get out of bed every day,” she said.
Judge Harris adjourned the trial to October 6 for sentencing.