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THE woman re­spon­si­ble for a car crash near Bund­aberg that killed two men shed tears this week when she was sen­tenced to four years jail.

Pui Shan Rachel Wong, 31, of Hong Kong, was found to have caused the head-on col­li­sion that killed Mark Smith and Steven Ma­her on Au­gust 21 last year.

The men were trav­el­ling from Her­vey Bay to Bund­aberg for work when the car Ms Wong was driv­ing crossed dou­ble lines on Childers Rd.

The Bris­bane Dis­trict Court heard on Tues­day that Ms Wong had tried to over­take a car and truck as she ap­proached a crest at about 6am.

The truck veered to the left side of the road and Ms Wong crashed head on with the car that Mr Smith, 51, and Mr Ma­her, 41, were trav­el­ling in.

The court heard Ms Wong was on a work­ing hol­i­day visa and was not an ex­pe­ri­enced driver. She ac­quired a driver’s li­cence the same year as the crash.

Ms Wong’s lawyer, Harold Fong, said his client was re­morse­ful for what hap­pened that day.

He also said she wanted to for­mally apol­o­gise to the men’s fam­i­lies.

“My client is fully re­morse­ful since she has spent the last 12 months and seven days in cus­tody. She has sleep­less nights, she dreams about the event,” he said.

“She wakes know­ing she is the cause of the loss of those lives.”

Judge Brad Farr said Ms Wong drove reck­lessly when over­tak­ing.

“One does not need to be an ex­pe­ri­enced driver to know that driv­ing on the wrong side of the road ap­proach­ing a crest of a hill is ex­tremely dan­ger­ous,” he said.

“Of course, the out­come of your driv­ing has been cat­a­stroph­i­cally tragic.”

Ms Wong was sen­tenced to four years jail, sus­pended af­ter serv­ing 15 months. She has al­ready been be­hind bars for about a year.

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