A CHILTERN man now facing sentencing for hoon driving that killed a grandmother in Wodonga in 2010 was pulled over by police for drug-driving three times in 2011 and 2012.
Owen Richard Allen caused the death of Gabby Pirpinias, 57, after he drove his high-powered ute out of a side street on to Thomas Mitchell Drive.
That forced David Greig’s four-wheel-drive into the wrong lane, straight into the path of a truck driven by Ms Pirpinias.
Her cabin was crushed, killing her instantly.
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Allen, 29, faced the Wodonga County Court yesterday for sentencing submissions after a jury found him guilty in June of dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing serious injury over the August 16, 2010 crash.
The jury also found Allen failed to stop after an accident and failed to render assistance after an accident. He will be sentenced tomorrow week.
Judge Michael Bourke was told Allen was stopped three times in Albury for driving while on illicit drugs.
He received a three-month ban in May, 2011, then committed offences in November, 2011 and January, 2012.
Allen was on methadone, following using drugs as relief for chronic pain in his hands from plastering and similar work.
Judge Bourke said drugs were not a factor in the crash involving Mrs Pirpinias.
In relation to the Albury offences, Allen was stopped in Lavington after driving through a red light, a blood test showing drugs, including methadone.
Some weeks later he was stopped in David Street when he was impaired by cannabis and methadone — he was put on 30-month bonds, disqualified from driving for another 12 months and fined $500.
Prosecutor Andy Moore yesterday retold events leading to the Melbourne woman’s death.
Allen sped out of muddy roadworks — his ute fishtailing — on to Thomas Mitchell Drive.
Defence barrister Tony Lavery said it was not clear whether Allen had pulled directly into the path of Mr Greig.
He suggested Mr Greig he might have simply been spooked by the sight of Allen’s driving in Docking Street just before he entered Thomas Mitchell Drive.
Judge Bourke figured that unlikely, as there was a median strip and a service road between him and Allen.
Mr Greig has no recollection of the accident, which left him seriously injured.