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Drunk, medicated, reckless young driver gets 30 months for causing fatal accident

By johnboy - 25 June 2005 6

The Canberra Times has news of 20-year-old Jonathan Kennewell, of Spence, whose 4WD vehicle smashed head-on into another car on the wrong side of Kingsford Smith Drive.

With no prior convictions 30 months in the pokey might seem harsh. But knowing he shouldn’t be mixing booze with his meds and then choosing to drink and then choosing to drink I guess he’d already run out of second chances.

A warning to us all.

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6 Responses to
Drunk, medicated, reckless young driver gets 30 months for causing fatal accident
Vic Bitterman 12:54 pm 26 Jun 05

I agree with Spitfire3. I’d be waiting outside the prison gates on discharge day.

Spitfire3 12:08 pm 26 Jun 05

If the loved one who was killed in this episode had been mine, 20-year-old Jonathan Kennewell of Spence would be receiving a much harsher penalty from me than two and a half years prison.

johnboy 10:38 am 26 Jun 05

Loadedog, was writing under the influence of lack of time. which in it’s own special way is far, far more dangerous. but much harder to test for.

As for running websites, the road rules and the way they function are not a model for a civil society. They’re a product of neccessity when everyone gets to play with a tonne of metal at 100kph.

Special G 5:18 am 26 Jun 05

And so he should get a full time stint. People try to pull anything so that they don’t have to take responsibility for thier own actions. Oh dear the alcohol made me do it – stuff him, he chose to drink and then chose to drive.

loadedog 5:10 am 26 Jun 05

I think you might have had a bit to dirnk, a bit to dirnk yourself when you wrote this one John. Is there any penalty for operating a web site under the influence of alcohol?

I heard a story recently about a local man whose plea of guilty for a dui was rejected by the magistrate because there is a legal/technical problem with the breath analysers in use at the moment. Anyone heard more?

random 2:34 am 26 Jun 05

I know someone who’s up for a court appearance soon after getting pulled over with ~0.08, and he’s seriously intending to argue that he should be let off because his medication counteracts the alcohol. Might be an idea to send him this story…

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