Truck driver was listening to loud music when he fatally hit bicycle owner, lawyer tells courtroom

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Truck driver was listening to loud music when he fatally hit cyclist, lawyer tells court

A South Australian judge has denied claims that a truck driver failed to realize he had hit a cyclist because he was listening to loud music at the time the man was fatally hit.

Important points:

  • Daryl Adams was hit by a truck driven by Daniel Luke Barry and killed
  • His lawyer said Barry heard loud music and didn’t realize he hit Mr. Adams
  • Barry’s bail was revoked prior to his January conviction

39-year-old Daniel Luke Barry couldn’t stop when he met 60-year-old cyclist Daryl Adams in Coorong, South Australia, in January 2019.

Mr Adams, who was driving from Melbourne to Adelaide to take part in the Tour Down Under, died on the Princes Highway between Kingston SE and Salt Creek.

Barry was arrested about nine hours after the crash in Naracoorte, southeastern part of the state.

He was later found guilty of driving dangerously.

Today Barry’s attorney James Marcus argued that the truck driver heard loud music and did not see the cyclist.

Daniel Luke Barry was unable to stop at the scene and was found guilty of driving dangerously. (ABC News)

He said it took his client some time to realize a collision had occurred.

“Mr. Barry says he didn’t see Mr. Adams at all and only later that day when he realized he had hit him,” said Mr. Marcus.

“You can guess he drives a pretty big truck.

“It wasn’t until he got near the Adelaide area and got back into Triple M coverage that he turned back to the radio and heard that the accident had happened.”

Image of three police cars and a police officer on the side of the Princes Highway. The collision occurred on the Princes Highway between Kingston SE and Salt Creek. (ABC News)

Mr Marcus said it was only after Mr Barry completed his deposit at an Adelaide depot that he realized he was involved in the fatal accident.

“He called his employer to tell him what happened and then he called the police,” said Marcus.

District Court Judge Stephen McEwen told Mr Barry’s attorney that he did not accept the submission and revoked Mr Barry’s bail.

The father of four will now remain behind bars before being sentenced in January.