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Tired and drunk driver caused fatal crash: Coroner

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A Coroner has found a man who hit and killed a Kings Meadows man in a horror crash in 2016 had slept for less than three hours the night before the fatal collision.

53-year-old David Alan Smith was driving along the Midland Highway to Hobart with his wife and four children when his car was hit just after 8am on December 16 by another car being driven by Dwayne Albert Cashman, travelling in the opposite direction.

In handing down his findings, Coroner Simon Cooper said Cashman had been drinking the night before with a friend in Hobart and had slept for less than three hours, when he got behind the wheel.

Cashman lost control of his car after it hit the gravel on the roadside, causing it to spin and collide with Mr Smith's car.

Mr Cooper said Cashman had a blood alcohol reading of 0.086 and was travelling at 140km/h at the time of the crash.

Cashman pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and is currently serving a three and a half year jail term for the crime.