A devastated husband has pleaded for answers after his wife of 54 years was killed in a horror car crash by a serial driving offender who had been released from prison that same morning.
Janet Tucker, a loving mother of five and grandmother of 12, was on her way home from her weekly bingo game on April 15, 2016, when she collided with Brandon Pavey-Rees, who was driving on the wrong side of the road.
Pavey-Rees had been released from prison that morning after serving just two months of a one year sentence for driving offences. According to Channel 9’s A Current Affair, he got back behind the wheel again just moments after returning to his mother’s caravan park home in Hervey Bay.
He embarked on a high-speed rampage which quickly caught police attention – although pursuits were called off after he reached dangerous speeds of over 150km/hr. He was captured on CCTV smashing into a telephone booth before later colliding with Mrs Tucker.
A court previously heard that he fled the scene following the crash, leaving Mrs Tucker unconscious in her car. After hiding at his mother’s, Pavey-Rees was arrested later that day and charged with manslaughter.
“She had nowhere to go,” Mrs Tucker’s husband Ray told A Current Affair. “It was a narrow section where it was, there was an island in the middle of the road.”
Pavey-Rees has an extensive criminal history, including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, breaching probation, and failing to stop for police. He has reportedly also been disqualified from driving three times.
Grandmother Janet Tucker had no idea of the danger she was in as she drove home from bingo. Serial driving offender Brandon Pavey-Rees had just been released from jail, and was on a high-speed rampage, heading her way.#9ACA | WATCH THE FULL STORY: https://t.co/yN0j0n3JXE pic.twitter.com/Y0xxYkJSJ4
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“I just can’t believe, after I heard his record, and I heard in court about his attitude, and I watched him on the video links… if I ever hated a person, it was this guy,” Mr Tucker added on the show.
Tragically, the Tuckers were planning to embark on a dream holiday to celebrate them both surviving cancer before Mrs Tucker’s death.
“I just watched this guy and I thought, 21 years old, you’ve just ruined your life, your an idiot, and you’ve taken my girl away from me,” Mr Tucker said. “I think to myself, this should never have happened. He should never have been on the road.”
Pavey-Rees was sentenced to 10 years in jail after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter just days ago in Maryborough Supreme Court. However, he could be released within six years with time already served.
Sentencing him in court, Justice Peter Applegarth reportedly wiped his eyes as he said: “It’s a severe punishment and it’s meant to be a severe punishment.”