Tourist injured in head-on crash
A 27-YEAR-OLD Swiss tourist was airlifted from Proserpine to Mackay Base Hospital after suffering abdominal injuries in a head-on collision at Strathdickie last Wednesday night.
Sergeant Russell Lewis from the Proserpine Police Station said two vehicles collided at the intersection of Gregory Cannon Valley and Simpson Road at about 8.10pm.
The driver of one of the cars, a Toyota Landcruiser, was a 22-year-old from Hydeaway Bay.
In the other car, a Toyota Corolla, were two men from Switzerland, aged 27 and 23.
The 27-year-old passenger suffered abdominal injuries, presumed to be from his seatbelt.
He was taken to Proserpine Hospital and transferred to Mackay by the RACQ-CQ Rescue helicopter the following day, for further observation and treatment.
The 23-year-old Swiss driver appeared in the Proserpine Magistrate’s Court on Monday charged with driving without due care and attention.
Luca Andrea Tondelli said he was driving towards Airlie Beach when he saw what appeared to be a crashed vehicle by the side of the road.
He did a U-turn to offer assistance but found the car had been there for quite some time.
Police prosecutor Elizabeth Cassells said when he recommenced driving towards Airlie Beach, Tondelli was on the wrong side of the road.
She said he told police he forgot the road rules.
In court on Monday, Tondelli said his friend was recovering after surgery and was expected to leave the hospital within days.
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist said he was lucky the situation hadn’t been worse.
He fined Tondelli $220, “taking into account everything else that you’ve been through”.