Heartbroken family shares pain

The tragic scene of the crash that claimed Carol Miller's life in May.
The tragic scene of the crash that claimed Carol Miller's life in May.

AT THE sentencing hearing of the driver at fault, the loved ones of Carol Miller – who was tragically killed in an accident in the heart of Dorrigo in May – have spoken of the overwhelming impact of her death.

Carol’s fiancé, Scott, her parents, Allan and Noelene, and her sister, Kerry, shared their grief and loss in the court this week.

In powerfully moving stories, the grieving family had their victim impact statements read out in court before the young driver responsible for her death, Daniel Wayne Madden.

Madden was heavily intoxicated when he got behind the wheel and his decision to drive erratically around the town that night had fatal consequences.

After the accident he returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.225.

After pleading guilty he was sentenced to six years in prison, but most likely will be released after three and half years.

Tragically that day Carol had served Daniel drinks in a local hotel.

As he tore around the streets in his Nissan Skyline, Carol went to move her car and was in the process of parking when his vehicle crashed into hers.

In their statements, the distraught family paid tribute to the well-known and much-loved 31-year-old.

With their permission, we have published the family’s victim impact statements in the hope drink drivers are shamed into changing their ways.

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