A Spreyton man will never forget the "inexplicably awful" moment he failed to give way at an intersection resulting in the death of 24-year-old Joshua Mark Everett, a court has heard.
Robin Hastings, 60, faced a packed room at the Burnie Magistates Court on Tuesday in relation to an instance of negligent driving last year resulting in death.
On June 11, about 6.40am, Mr Hastings drove his utility down Kelcey Tier Road on his way to work - a route he had driven five days a week for about 13 years.
The court heard Mr Hastings had attempted to turn right on to Bishops Road, but failed to give way.
"He agreed he may have cut the corner," Crown Prosecutor Katie Edwards said.
Ms Edwards said the accused had travelled into the eastbound lane, directly into the path of an oncoming motorcycle.
The court heard Mr Everett, the rider of the motorcycle, hit the windshield, was thrown over the top of the utility and came to rest in the tray on the back.
His helmet came off in the process, and hair, skin and blood was discovered embedded in the glass windscreen of the utility. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
Ms Edwards said the road was in good condition, there was no speeding, illicit substances or alcohol on Mr Hastings' part, and Mr Everett was wearing all the approved safety gear.
Mr Hastings' defence lawyer, Alexander McKenzie, described the case as one of the most "inexplicably awful" cases he had come across in his six years of practice.
"A single, split second moment irrevocably changed the lives of two families," he said.
"Mr Hastings is deeply remorseful that his failure to give way has resulted in a loss of life.
"The added tragedy is that he is not a stranger to loss."
Mr McKenzie said Mr Hastings' own son, 34-year-old Joel, now lived in a vegetative state after a serious crash at Sisters Hills in 2003.
"Mr Hastings' approach to driving is usually one of clarity and focus," he said.
"He didn't drive for more than six months after the accident."
The court heard Mr Hastings had struggled to sleep since the incident last year, and had experienced intrusive thoughts and visions of the helmet flying off.
"Following the crash he was shocked and anxious ... In his own words, 'I know I will never forget, and I know I will always feel remorseful for what has happened'," Mr McKenzie said.
He told Magistrate Tamara Jago there would be little utility in disqualifying Mr Hastings from driving when considering the sentence.
"Everyday on his way to work he is reminded of the accident because he can't drive there without using Kelcey Tier Road."
The Crown said she did not intend to add a submission in terms of the sentence, but pointed out it was "still negligence, still a failure to give way".
Magistrate adjourned the sentence until November 6, at 2.15pm.