Truck driver pleads guilty to culpable driving


The driver involved in the crash that killed a mum and her 12-year-old son on the Victorian border in 2018 has pleaded guilty to two counts of culpable driving causing death due to negligence.

Ryan Kenny also pleaded guilty to being under the influence of drugs, two counts of causing serious injury by negligent driving, and destruction of evidence by concealing after hiding his national driving work diary.

Kenny’s eastbound truck collided with a westbound car on the Murray Valley Highway just after 9.30pm on November 2. Bundalong resident Amanda Kilmister, 37, and her 12-year-old son Harrison from the car died at the scene.

The remaining occupants of the car, Paul Kilmister along with their sons, Austin who was eight months old at the time and Morgan who was two, were airlifted to hospital with critical injuries.

Kenny, 33, from Mooroopna admitted he had used methamphetamine and had been driving for 14 hours and awake for 19 hours on the day of the crash.

A report said police found his logbook 26 days after the crash with a small amount of ice and an ice pipe hidden in a tree about 140 metres along the road from the scene of the crash.

The sentence is scheduled to be handed down on February 1. Culpable driving has a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail, but an average of eight years.

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