GREATLEYAn Adelaide woman who caused the death of a work colleague in a road crash will be sent to jail despite being about to give birth.
Rebecca Lee Greatley was high on cannabis when she drove through a stop sign and into the path of an oncoming semi-trailer in South ‘s mid-north in May 2016.
The crash killed 26-year-old British backpacker Jamie Dumbleton and injured two other charity workers – Lauren Canciani and Dylan O’Donnell-Middleton.
Greatley initially denied charges of causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving but pleaded guilty on the second day of her trial.
On Tuesday, she sobbed uncontrollably in the District Court as Judge Stephen McEwen described her failure to see the truck as “grossly defective” and jailed her for almost two years with a non-parole period of 18 months.
“For whatever reason, she drove straight out onto the highway and into the path of the prime mover,” he said.
Judge McEwen refused to suspend the sentence, despite the 25-year-old being due to give birth in March and facing the prospect of having her newborn taken from her soon after.
In a statement read on their behalf outside the court, Mr Dumbleton’s family said the jailing of Greatley was “the light at the end of our very dark tunnel”.
“Although we now have a sense of justice we still feel, that given the harm done and the loss of Jamie’s life, it is not a complete justice,” they said.
They criticised Greatley, who they said had manipulated the justice system from the moment she was arrested.
“Shown a coldness and selfishness beyond compare. She has played the game and been successful,” they said.
“She has shown very little remorse or apparent sorrow for her actions until today.”
Ms Canciani said she was happy with the sentence and tried not to think too much about the crash or Greatley.
“I don’t have much emotion for her. I’ve tried not to be angry because I don’t think that’s fair to myself either,” she said.
“I hope she’s remorseful. I hope it wasn’t an act and that she really feels bad for what she has done.”
Ms Canciani said while she hadn’t known Mr Dumbleton long, he was wonderful, caring and thoughtful.