Thursday, November 5, 2009

Three Years for Killing a Women and Injuring Her Son

In today's news:

Fatal 'wrong-way freeway death' driver jailed for three years

A PERTH man has been jailed for just three years for the wrong-way Kwinana Freeway death of a woman motorist while he was high on drugs.

Lynwood man Lee David Toplass, 32, was charged over the "wrong-way driving'' Kwinana Freeway death of a woman in July last year.

Toplass was today jailed after pleading guilty earlier this year in Fremantle Magistrates Court to dangerous driving causing the death of McKenzie McGuigan, 37, and driving under the influence of drugs.

The ABC reported Toplass was high on cannabis and amphetamines at the time of the crash.

Magistrate Leigh Jones jailed Toplass for two years, eight months for the death of Ms McGuigan and four months for the injuries caused to her son.

He was also fined $800 for driving under the influence of drugs.

He was made eligibile for parole and could be released after 18 months.

The crash occurred at the southern end of the freeway at Mandogalup about 10.30pm on Tuesday, July 29, 2008.

Police alleged Toplass was driving a Proton Coupe north on Kwinana Freeway against the flow of traffic in the south-bound lanes, resulting in a head-on crash with a Hyundai Excel near the Anketell Rd exit.

Ms McGuigan died at the scene and her 18-year-old son, a passenger in the vehicle, suffered abdominal injuries.

Toplass is also charged with dangerous driving causing bodily harm to the 18-year-old man.

THREE YEARS ?????????????? Okay, so we don't have all the facts, but he was high on drugs, driving on the wrong side of the road, he killed a women and injured her son and he could be out in 18 MONTHS ?!?!?!?! There's something seriously wrong here.

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