Raymond George Meredith, 74, did not see the Ford Fairlane sedan approaching as he attempted to make a right turn onto Mt Ousley Road near Wollongong last year.
The lapse in judgment had fatal consequences.
Meredith, who was attempting to turn into the southbound lanes of Mount Ousley Rd from Old Mount Ousley Rd, failed to see the Ford and drove his Toyota Corolla into the path of it.
Meredith’s elderly sister-in-law, Aileen Carr, who was seated in the left rear passenger side of his car, died from injuries she sustained in the accident.
Also seriously injured were William Carr, seated in the right rear passenger side of Meredith’s car, and a front seat passenger in the Ford.
On Monday Meredith, of Wykes Lane, Eden, was convicted in Wollongong Local Court of three counts of negligent driving relating to the December 23 accident.
Magistrate Doug Dick sentenced Meredith to a 12-month good behaviour bond and he disqualified Meredith from driving for three years.
Police tendered facts said that Meredith stopped at a giveway sign positioned on Old Mount Ousley Rd. Yet he then travelled a short distance south into the intersection and into the path of the Ford.
The Ford heavily impacted with the rear offside of Meredith’s vehicle.
Meredith later told police he had not seen the Ford on Mount Ousley Road.
Defence solicitor Jeff David told the court that his client had suffered a considerable degree of personal punishment since the accident. Mr David said Meredith had taken responsibility for his actions and had pleaded guilty as soon as he could.
Mr Dick acknowledged that Meredith would continue to carry the psychological burden of the consequences of his actions.
‘‘In relation to this particular case, it’s an example of the risks ever present on our roads,’’ he said.