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Single father jailed for car crash that left his daughter, 4, quadriplegic in Adelaide

  • Single Adelaide father has been jailed after crash left daughter quadriplegic
  • Luke Stephen Falkiner fell asleep at wheel and drove in other lane causing crash
  • The man’s daughter, 4, has limited use of her arm and son, 2, broke his arm 
  • Adelaide man never held a license and was ‘depressed’ after wife’s sudden death

 An Adelaide father driving unlicensed and with methamphetamine in his system when he seriously injured his daughter in a crash will spend at least two years in jail.

Luke Stephen Falkiner, 34, fell asleep at the wheel and drove his car onto the wrong side of the road at Roseworthy in June 2017, causing the head-on smash.

His four-year-old daughter was left a quadriplegic, with only limited use of one arm, while his two-year-old son broke his arm.

Luke Stephen Falkiner (pictured) was driving unlicensed and with methamphetamine in his system when he seriously injured his daughter in a crash will spend at least two years in jail

The 34-year-old fell asleep at the wheel and drove his car onto the wrong side of the road at in 2017 and left her daughter as a quadriplegic (pictured) with the use of one arm

The 34-year-old fell asleep at the wheel and drove his car onto the wrong side of the road at in 2017 and left her daughter as a quadriplegic (pictured) with the use of one arm

Falkiner (right) had quit his job and become depressed after the 'devastating' sudden death of his wife months before the crash where he took the drug the day before

Falkiner (right) had quit his job and become depressed after the ‘devastating’ sudden death of his wife months before the crash where he took the drug the day before

The driver of the other car, a 48-year-old widow, was also seriously injured and left unable to care for her children or earn her full income.

Falkiner, a single father who has never held a licence, admitted taking methamphetamine the day before the crash and was experiencing the ‘rebound effects’ when he veered into oncoming traffic.

In the South Australian District Court on Thursday, Falkiner cried as Judge Barry Beazley jailed him for three years and six months with a non-parole period of two years.

He said Falkiner had quit his job and become depressed after the ‘devastating’ sudden death of his wife months before the crash, and there can be no doubt about his remorse.

‘The consequences of your actions are always with you because of the harm done to your daughter and the fact that both children now have neither parent with them,’ he said.

‘You are the father of these children and you will have a lifetime of looking after them, Hollie in particular.’

Falkiner will also be disqualified from driving for 12 years upon his release. 

The driver of the other car, a 48-year-old widow, was also seriously injured after the South Australian crash (pictured) and was left unable to care for her children or earn her full income 

The driver of the other car, a 48-year-old widow, was also seriously injured after the South Australian crash (pictured) and was left unable to care for her children or earn her full income 

Falkiner has been disqualified from driving for 12 years upon his release (2017 crash pictured)

Falkiner has been disqualified from driving for 12 years upon his release (2017 crash pictured)

The Adelaide man (pictured) was jailed for three years and six months with a non-parole period of two years

The Adelaide man (pictured) was jailed for three years and six months with a non-parole period of two years

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