Man who caused fatal crash fined $1000
"IS THAT all she's worth?"
That was the heartbreaking question the family of Jo-Anne Fuller were left asking after they heard the sentence handed down to the man responsible for the death of their sister and daughter.
Jacob Tobias McFarlane, 20, was fined $1000 and was suspended from driving for four months after he pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to driving without due care and attention and driving with a license that had been suspended by SPER.
Jo-Anne's brother Ricky Fuller described the sentence handed down to McFarlane as "piss weak".
"It's just completely inadequate."
Jo-Anne was killed when McFarlane lost control of his car as a result of fatigue while driving along the Maryborough-Hervey Bay Rd on March 6.
The 53-year-old had just finished playing in a charity bowls game in Hervey Bay and was headed home to Maryborough when the blue Mazda driven by McFarlane crossed onto the wrong side of the road and hit Jo-Anne's white Hyundai.
OUR SAY: Sentence painful for family
Four months on from the crash, Mr Fuller said it was still too hard for him to go into his sister's room.
His elderly mum, who Jo-Anne lived with, was left devastated by the loss of her daughter.
Mr Fuller said his wife was in the car with Jo-Anne when the crash happened and he felt lucky not to have lost both of them.
He said his wife was still coming to terms with what had happened that day.
Mr Fuller said there was no point in the government spending millions warning the public of the dangers of driving while tired if the penalty for taking a life was so small.
He said his sister was a very giving person.
"If she could do something for you, she would," he said.
Mr Fuller said his children missed their beloved aunt.
He pleaded with anyone who felt tired while driving to think about the consequences that could result from driving while fatigued.
"Just pull over," he said.
"This accident has wrecked the lives of at least seven people from my family."
Sergeant Steve Wheeler said police implored people to respect the fatal five, which included not driving while fatigued.
"You're placing yourself and other road users at risk," he said.
Sgt Wheeler said the warning for all road users was particularly timely considering it was school holidays and many families were travelling on the roads.
"Every two hours, pull over and rest," he said.
"One little bit of inattention can be devastating for yourself and family and for other road users."