Fatal crash driver sentenced
A CONVICTED drug affected driver, who caused a fatal crash north of Coffs Harbour, has been sentenced to three years in prison.
Clayton Perkins, 41, of Whiporie, was sentenced in the Coffs Harbour Local Court on Tuesday following a trial at the Lismore Local Court where he was found guilty of dangerously operating a vehicle causing death.
On December 29, 2012, Perkins was driving a Mazda Tabletop along the Bungawalbin-Whiporie Rd when he failed to give way at the intersection of Summerland Way.
Perkins crashed into a motorcycle travelling northbound on Summerland Way, killing the 61-year-old motorcyclist.
The victim, Clarenza resident Peter Newbold, the former president of the Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce, died at the scene.
Drug testing saw Perkins return a reading of 0.18 mg/L for the use of methamphetamine.
Judge L. Wells sentenced Perkins to three years imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of two years.
Perkins is disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver's licence for five years.