Driver to hear fate

MAN DIES WEEKS AF­TER AC­CI­DENT

Wanneroo Times - - Front Page - Mark Don­ald­son

A DARCH mother is due to be sen­tenced to­day for caus­ing a car crash in Gir­rawheen last year that led to the death of a 90-year-old man more than three weeks af­ter the in­ci­dent.

Yan­fang Yu faced Joon­dalup Mag­is­trates Court on Fri­day, plead­ing guilty to driv­ing care­lessly and fa­tally in­jur­ing Wa­syl Czw­erenczuk on Septem­ber 2.

Her sen­tenc­ing was de­layed to to­day af­ter Mag­is­trate Gre­gory Benn asked Mr Czw­erenczuk’s fam­ily, who were at the hear­ing, to pre­pare a vic­tim im­pact state­ment over the week­end.

Yu, who has a four-year-old daugh­ter, cried through­out pro­ceed­ings, with her lawyer say­ing she had not been sleep­ing well since the of­fence, which hap­pened on her birth­day.

Yu’s lawyer said her birth­day would now al­ways be a re­minder of the tragedy, to which Mr Benn replied: “Well, the vic­tim’s not go­ing to have any more birth­days is he?”.

The po­lice pros­e­cu­tor told the court Yu, an ac­coun­tant, was driv­ing on Maranga­roo Drive about 11am and at­tempted to turn right on to Gir­rawheen Av­enue.

She did not see the on­com­ing ve­hi­cle driven by Mr Czw­erenczuk and crossed into his path, caus­ing the ve­hi­cles to col­lide.

The pros­e­cu­tor said the vic­tim was in good health for a 90-yearold man.

He died from com­pli­ca­tions re­lated to the crash on Septem­ber 27.

Yu’s lawyer said his client had sat with Mr Czw­erenczuk af­ter the col­li­sion and he was talk­ing “per­fectly fine”. He said there were no “ob­serv­able in­juries” sus­tained.

“Ms Yu was cry­ing and apol­o­gis­ing and asked if the vic­tim was OK,” he said.

He said the vic­tim de­te­ri­o­rated in the weeks af­ter the in­ci­dent and it was dis­cov­ered he had spinal dam­age and in­ter­nal in­juries.

He asked for a spent con­vic­tion given Yu’s clean his­tory and the ef­fect a crim­i­nal record could have on her em­ploy­ment.

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