An Inglewood man has pleaded guilty to careless driving after a feed truck crash five kilometres south of Beaufort.
Grant Whitey was sentenced in Ballarat Magistrates Court on Monday.
Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Clint Prebble told the court at 4pm on April 9, Whitey was driving a prime mover, which lost control and skidded 160 metres across the oncoming lane. The truck damaged trees and fences, before stopping in a paddock near Skipton Road.
The Inglewood man was airlifted to Royal Melbourne Hospital with a broken neck, a punctured lung and severe head trauma.
“One view is that he's pretty lucky to be sitting here today,” Leading Senior Constable Prebble said.
Whiley, who represented himself in court, said he did not believe he was driving carelessly at the time, and the crash happened because of a “sneezing fit or something went wrong with the truck”.
Magistrate Letizia Torres said she had taken into consideration that no-one else was hurt in the crash, as well as the “psychological distress” caused.
Whitey was convicted and fined $500.