Woman used phone be­fore fa­tal crash

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Perth

A woman was tex­ting and talk­ing on her mo­bile phone for more than half an hour as she drove to a hair­dresser’s ap­point­ment be­fore fa­tally strik­ing a cy­clist at Perth’s Kings Park, a court has heard.

Curtin Univer­sity As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor Paola Fer­roni, 70, died in hos­pi­tal four days af­ter she was hit from be­hind by Joanne Leigh Lawrence’s four­wheel-drive, which was trav­el­ling about 60km/h, in Novem­ber 2014.

De­fence lawyer Gary Massey told the West Aus­tralian District Court yes­ter­day his client was look­ing at roses on a me­dian strip at the time of the col­li­sion.

But pros­e­cu­tor Bradley Hollingsworth said Lawrence had been send­ing text mes­sages and mak­ing phone calls il­le­gally be­fore the crash and her inat­ten­tion must have been pro­longed be­cause an­other driver be­hind her could see Dr Fer­roni.

The mother-of-two, who pleaded guilty to dan­ger­ous driv­ing caus­ing death, is now wait­ing for Judge Richard Keen to sen­tence her. AAP

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