TWO men have been found guilty of causing the driving death of a young Greendale woman in 2010.
Travis John Dunkley-Price, 37, and Brett James Stevenson, 25, appeared stunned in the County Court at Ballarat yesterday as the jury delivered the guilty verdicts after almost 15 hours of deliberation.
The findings came on the 16th day of the dual person trial.
Dunkley-Price, of Blackwood, was found guilty of culpable driving and negligently causing serious injury, while Stevenson, of Dales Creek, was found guilty of dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing serious injury.
Breanna Lorraine Willmott, 20, died on July 19, 2010, when her Mitsubishi Magna was smashed between Dunkley-Price’s utility, which was stopped in the left lane of the Western Highway near Myrniong and Stevenson’s utility, which hit her from behind at almost 110km/h.
The jury heard from a number of witnesses throughout the trial including other drivers from the night who said they saw Dunkley-Price’s utility stopped in the left-hand running lane of the Western Highway about 6.10pm.
Lawyers for Dunkley Price had argued that he was stopped in the emergency lane.
The jury heard from witnesses who swerved to avoid both Dunkley-Price’s utility and Ms Willmott’s car stopped behind him, including one man who thought to himself “that’s going to be close for the car behind”.
Lawyers for Stevenson had argued he had no time to react to the stopped vehicles when he smashed into them at an estimated speed of 109km/h.
The two men were remanded to re-appear in the County Court at Ballarat on November 22 for a plea hearing.