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Chris Hyslop hit killed South Oakleigh College principal Deborah Locco

Father sentenced to prison for hit-and-run that resulted in the death of a Melbourne school principal.

An exhausted driver who struck and killed a Melbourne school principal while she was cycling and then fled the scene has been sentenced to nearly a decade in prison.

Chris Hyslop, 37, was sentenced to nine years and six months in prison in front of the County Court on Friday after pleading guilty to offences including negligent driving resulting in death due to gross negligence and exhaustion.

The court heard that the father-of-three had been on a "major drug binge" and had slept little in the days leading up to his May 24 murder of South Oakleigh College principal Deborah Locco.

Chris Hyslop hit killed South Oakleigh College principal Deborah Locco
Chris Hyslop

He had made several journeys earlier in the day in his car and was observed driving erratically previous to the incident.

Other drivers observed him veering out of his lane and driving "all over the road" prior to the crash, and his passenger inquired whether he was fit to drive.

Dashcam footage from a car ahead of him showed his automobile veering out of its lane 14 times prior to the fatal collision.

Hyslop was driving southbound on Beach Road in Beaumaris at the time, and his automobile drifted into the bike lane for around 30 meters before mounting a traffic island, driving over a grass patch, and rear-ending Ms Locco.

The 60-year-old cyclist was riding in the appropriate bike lane on the road and was outfitted with flashing lights.

Deborah Locco
Deborah Locco

Hyslop's passenger reportedly ordered him to halt, but he fled the scene.

He then drove into an adjacent street, parked his vehicle, and fled on foot.

At the scene, witnesses consoled Ms Locco, but she succumbed to her injuries.

Hyslop has a history of driving and dishonesty violations, with Judge Elizabeth Brimer praising his "appalling" driving record.

Hyslop's sleep deprivation, Judge Brimer stated, left him "incapable of driving safely."

"Your actions in diving your car while fatigued are totally responsible for Ms Locco's death," she stated.

"The dash cam film is unsettling in that it demonstrates how likely anything might go wrong."

Hyslop claimed he had no recall of the crash, and expert testimony suggested he may have dozed off.

Judge Brimer emphasized the importance of general deterrence in sentencing Hyslop, ordering him to serve a minimum of six years and nine months in prison before becoming eligible for parole.

He had already served 564 of the sentence's 564 days.

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