Guilty of dangerous driving causing death

Wang Court (1)

AFTER almost two days of deliberation, a Wangaratta County Court jury yesterday found Brock Kusen guilty of dangerous driving causing the death of Wangaratta nurse, Jess McLennan.

The jury delivered its verdict at 4.30pm after having spent Monday and yesterday debating the finer details of the multiple vehicle collision at Lilliput on June 1, 2016.

Kusen, now 20, was heading north towards Rutherglen after a night shift at Alpine MDF in Wangaratta when his BMW drifted across Rutherglen-Springhurst Road into the wrong lane and collided with a Ford sedan driven by Bronwyn Holloway, and then a Nissan driven by Ms McLennan, 23.

Ms Holloway’s car left the road, coming to a stop 87 metres away in a paddock, however, Ms McLennan tragically died three days later in hospital as a result of her injuries.

The court heard Kusen was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, nor was he using a mobile phone at the time of the incident.

There were no faults detected in Kusen’s BMW prior to the fatal collision.

The crux of the jury’s decision boiled down to deciding whether or not a micro sleep caused Kusen’s car to drift into Ms McLennan’s lane.

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