Bus driver who killed another motorist after running red light jailed

A GOLD Coast bus driver who killed another driver after running a red light in Nerang last year has today been jailed and disqualified from driving for two years.

The Gold Coast Bulletin reports David Sawtell, 37, was driving a Surfside bus when he became distracted as the lights turned red at the intersection of McLaren and Beadesert-Nerang roads.

The bus slammed into a Camry being driven by a 62-year-old man, spearing his car into a power pole. He later died after suffering a cardiac arrest.


Mr Sawtell was charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death and subsequently fired from his position with Surfside.

He appeared in the Southport District Court today and was sentenced to 18 months in prison. The Bulletin says he will be granted parole in July after serving four months.