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Driver jailed for three years over death of former Mayor

A Halls Gap driver who tested positive to ice and amphetamines and whose licence had been disqualified has been sentenced to 3 years jail over the death of a former Hepburn Mayor.

Stuart Usherwood has pleaded guilty to charges including dangerous driving causing death after he tried to do a U-turn on the Daylesford-Ballarat Rd at Gong Gong in May 2017 and collided with 62-year-old motorcyclist.

Blampied farmer Rod May collided with the Ford SUV which had the wrong the indicator light on.

Witnesses told the court Usherwood repeated "I just didn't see him" over and over at the scene.

Judge Howard Mason told the Ballarat County Court May's family had suffered emotionally and financially while Usherwood has suffered Post Traumatic Stress after the crash.

The court was told Usherwood had got behind the wheel to pick up a breast-pump urgently needed by his wife before her milk dried up.