11 Years in Prison for Drink Driving Death
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In an odd admission of guilt, Nicholas Davison uploaded photos onto his Facebook page wall of an accident of which he was faulted after it occurred. Davison was driving under the influence of alcohol in Melbourne and struck and killed a pedestrian walking across the street within the confines of a crosswalk. Melbourne courts sentenced Davison to a prison term of 11 years on Friday, 13 March, proving that Australia continues to take drink driving very seriously.
Never Had a Chance
The victim, 24-year-old Tanami Nayler, never had a chance according to witnesses of the hit-and-run incident. Nayler saw Davison hurtling towards her at approximately 152kmh and attempted to run out of his vehicle’s path. Davison struck Nayler and she was killed instantly when her body hit a traffic pole and then flew 10 metres into the middle of another intersection. The car Davison was driving was stolen. The incident occurred on 30 July 2016.
Excessive Blood Alcohol
The legal blood alcohol limit for drivers in Melbourne is 0.05 per cent. At the time of the incident, police estimated Davison’s blood alcohol to be four times more than the legal limit. They marked it at 0.22 per cent, and the death of a young woman is the consequential result of Davison’s apparent irresponsibility. To make matters worse, Naylor was visiting Melbourne to celebrate a job promotion with her friend, who Davison nearly hit as well.
A Native New Zealander
Davison is a native New Zealander, and according to the website Stuff, he stated in court that he was a university graduate who won awards and, led an exemplary and blameless life[until the day of the crash]’. People who know the 23-year-old tendered character references in his defence, which is a common strategy of drink driving lawyers Sidney, Melbourne, and in other parts of Australia.
The court acknowledged Davison’s actions that night were, entirely inexplicable and out of character of the young man described in the many character references tendered on [his]behalf’, but the consequences of the young man’s actions outweighed the references submitted for the court’s consideration. The judge presiding over the case stated Davison, made it inevitable death would result...’
Naylor’s family has remained inconsolable since the incident. They did not appear in court on Friday in person. Rather, they made their presence known via video link to reiterate to the court that Davison’s actions had broken Naylor’s father’s heart and left her mother without any meaning to her life. Davison has expressed remorse over his actions.