Driver fined over fatal accident on the Geelong-Ballan road

A woman who failed to give way on a country road and caused a fatal collision escaped with a fine yesterday.

The Ballarat Magistrates Court heard that Raylene Sinclair, 47, was driving south on the Geelong-Ballan Road and went to turn right into Shaw’s Road when the accident happened on June 11 last year.

Counsel for the prosecution said Sinclair, who pleaded guilty to careless driving, slowed down for the turn, but failed to see a motorcycle.

The court was told the motorcycle collided with the side of Sinclair’s vehicle.

The rider was airlifted to hospital but his wife, who was behind him as a passenger, died at the scene.

Defence lawyer Mike Wardell said his client had been traumatised by the ordeal.

He said Sinclair was not drinking at the time, was not on a mobile phone and was not speeding, but simply did not see the motorcycle.

Magistrate Peter Couzens handed down a conviction and fined Sinclair $750.