A MAYFIELD man will be sentenced next week for having caused the death of a traffic controller by negligent driving.
Supporters of driver Murray Higgs filled a courtroom in the Launceston Magistrates Court this afternoon.
Higgs, 58, had previously pleaded guilty to the charge.
Police prosecutor Kerryne Barwick told the court that Terence William Close, 62, of Ravenswood, died in hospital after Higgs's ute hit him on Vermont Road, Mowbray, on February 5.
The speed zone at the time was 40 kilometres an hour because of roadworks.
Higgs was driving at 53 kilometres an hour.
Defence solicitor Adrian Hall said his client was very remorseful, had fully co-operated with authorities and did not deserve a sentence which included jail, immediate or suspended.
Mr Hall said his client was trying to adjust his car radio to listen to a horse race, when the incident occurred.
Magistrate Reg Marron will sentence Higgs on Friday at 2.15pm.