‘Lapse’ proves dev­as­tat­ing

Far-reach­ing con­se­quences from care­less drive

North Coast Times - - NEWS - Mark Don­ald­son

A MAG­IS­TRATE has ac­knowl­edged the tor­ment of both the vic­tim and the of­fender while hand­ing down a fine to a driver whose inat­ten­tion left a mo­tor­cy­clist with a bro­ken back and cracked skull in Mer­riwa.

The vic­tim, who was not in court, said via an im­pact state­ment that his se­vere ail­ments had left him feel­ing like a bur­den on his fam­ily and friends.

The of­fender Gary John Good­win (63) faced Joon­dalup Mag­is­trates Court on July 6 af­ter plead­ing guilty to care­less driv­ing caus­ing the se­ri­ous in­jury of a man on March 11.

Good­win steered his ve­hi­cle into the path of an on­com­ing mo­tor­cy­clist while turn­ing right at an in­ter­sec­tion on Bal­ti­more Pa­rade about 2.10pm.

The court heard the rider struck the side of the car, caus­ing mul­ti­ple in­juries in­clud­ing frac­tures to his skull and ver­te­brae, a bro­ken wrist and bruis­ing.

Mag­is­trate Deen Pot­ter said such mat­ters were “very dif­fi­cult” to sen­tence and rarely of­fered re­lief to the vic­tim.

He ac­cepted it was a “mo­men­tary lapse of inat­ten­tion” and must have been a “trau­matic event” for Good­win.

Mr Pot­ter fined him $2500 payable to the vic­tim and handed down a manda A tory li­cence sus­pen­sion.

Good­win’s duty lawyer high­lighted the fact he ren­dered as­sis­tance on scene af­ter the crash and at­tempted to check on the mo­tor­cy­clist’s wel­fare in hos­pi­tal.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.