FOUR YEARS JAIL FOR HONG KONG NATIONAL WHO CAUSED FATAL ACCIDENT LAST YEAR:
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.