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NSW truckie avoids jail over fatal crash

AAP logoAAP 15/09/2016 Miranda Forster

A NSW truck driver responsible for a teenager's death won't go to jail after a judge took mercy on him for his "momentary inattention" to the road.

Steven Barnett will instead serve a two-year sentence in the community under an intensive correction order for the 2014 crash that killed 19-year-old student Bree Standford on the NSW Central Coast.

Barnett, 43, hugged his wife in the Sydney District Court on Friday after Judge Dina Yehia sentenced him.

The father of one admitted to taking his eyes off the Pacific Motorway to admire the view over the Hawkesbury River at Mooney Mooney on May 1, 2014.

He did not see Ms Standford's car stopped with engine trouble and hazard lights switched on in the far-left lane, and hit it at speed.

Judge Yehia said Barnett's five-second lapse in concentration was a momentary inattention and his moral culpability was low.

Nevertheless, Ms Standford lost her life and her family - present in court - had suffered greatly, the judge noted.

"Although the (crash) was the result of a momentary inattention it resulted in catastrophic consequences," she said.

Judge Yehia took into account Barnett's previous unblemished record as a truck driver, and numerous character references that spoke of a doting father who was well regarded in the community.

She said an intensive correction order was punishment enough for the driver.

He was found guilty by a jury of dangerous driving causing death earlier this year.

"The offender will have a time of imprisonment hanging over his head and be subject to very onerous conditions," she said.

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