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SA driver gets detention over fatal crash

AAP logoAAP 22/09/2016

A man who crashed into an oncoming car in the Adelaide Hills, killing the driver, has been sentenced to at least four years of home detention for causing death by dangerous driving.

Trevor Bird, 68, died in the crash in 2012 after Bo Xi Li lost control of his car at speed and crossed onto the wrong side of the road on a bend at Houghton.

In the District Court on Friday, Judge Michael Boylen said Li's driving was reckless and unacceptable.

He said the 30-year-old former taxi driver had shown little remorse and had been involved in a similar crash, when he hit a parked car and a tree, just four months before the fatal incident.

Three other people were hurt in the crash, Mr Bird's partner of 15 years and Li's two passengers.

Judge Boylen said there was nothing he could say that would bring comfort to the dead man's family.

"In my view there is no such thing as closure in matters such as this," he said.

Just before the crash Li was travelling at more than 100km/h in an 80km/h zone and also failed to see or ignored a 50km/h advisory sign on the bend where he lost control.

The judge jailed Li for five years and set a non-parole period of four years and also disqualified him from driving for 10 years.

He declined to suspend the sentence but ordered it be served on home detention, one of the first such orders since the SA government passed new legislation allowing the sentencing option just weeks ago.

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