The elderly man who struck and killed a cyclist north of Brisbane was unable to drive legally because he had failing eyesight at the time, the court said.
Ian Allan Field wasn’t speeding or distracted when Carole Ismail and her husband Adam rode their bikes in Queensland’s Moreton Bay region.
But after the fatal accident, Field told police he “simply didn’t see them.”
Ismail’s family was in tears when the court told him he was lying injured after the clashes and could not help his dying wife.
Two years after the horrific crash, Field pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single count of death from dangerous driving.
Brisbane District Court said the Ismails left their home for the morning cycle on Sunday 16 August 2020.
They were in line on the left hard side of Borden Road in Whamrun when the 75-year-old Field hit them with his car.
At the time, he was not driving recklessly, being distracted, or speeding, prosecutor Elizabeth Kelso said.
She told police that Field tried to provide assistance immediately after the crash, but only “did not see” the pair until they collided.
Carol Ismail, 55, was taken to hospital in Brisbane but later died from her injuries.
Ismail suffered multiple fractures in his back and was hospitalized for two weeks.
The court said he was unable to move and help his wife at the time because of his injuries.
Field had been advised by a doctor two weeks before the accident not to drive due to his failing eyesight.
Kelso said the dangers of his driving came from the fact that he made the “cold decision” to get behind the wheel of his car even though he knew he had very poor eyesight. said.
Several family members and friends on the field sat behind the court and supported the old man.
Field’s attorneys said the client’s length of custody would be harsher due to his failing eyesight and other health conditions, including diabetes, mild cognitive impairment and coronary artery disease.
The court was told he was remorseful and fully admitted responsibility for the crash.
Judge Glenn Martin said the court would not impose a sentence to bring Ismail back and ease the family’s distress.
“You knew you shouldn’t be driving,” he told Field.
“There is no explanation for this incident other than that he was driving when he knew he could not.”
Field was sentenced to six years in prison, but Judge Martin said his medical condition made him eligible for parole at 18 months.
Ian Allan Field jailed for causing fatal crash that killed cyclist Carol Ismail
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