Driver sentenced after Gold Coast woman killed by trampoline

A man has managed to avoid jail over a horror crash that claimed the life of a woman in the Gold Coast hinterland last year.

Herleen Koen was travelling along Mundoolun Connection Road near Mount Tamborine in August 2019, when pieces of a trampoline flew off the back of a trailer travelling in front of her and into her car windscreen.

The 63-year-old woman suffered life-threatening head injuries and was airlifted to the Gold Coast University Hospital, where she died two weeks after the horror crash.


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The woman’s daughter, Giselle Koen, was travelling in a separate car which was also struck by part of the trampoline, however she managed to escape with minor head injuries.

“To witness my mum’s car driving past me in my left-wing mirror and into a paddock… I live with that every day,” she said in her victim impact statement read out in the Brisbane Supreme Court today.

Benjamin Joseph Hogan, the man driving the ute and trailer which caused the fatal crash, pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death.

The 40-year-old was today sentenced to two years in prison, but was immediately released on parole.

“That dangerous operation was constituted by driving a vehicle with a load exceeding the allowable height,” Justice David Boddice said during sentencing.

“Your dangerous driving came as a consequence of the disintegration of a load you had taken steps to secure.”

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