Woman used phone before fatal crash
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