Fine for near-fa­tal text

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

A BAK­ERS Creek woman is lucky to be alive after crash­ing her car into a tree at Proser­pine – all be­cause she was send­ing a text mes­sage to her mum.

Zoe Re­becca Nancy Clark ap­peared in the Pros­per­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court this week, where she pleaded guilty to a charge of driv­ing with­out due care.

The court heard that at 8.15pm on Septem­ber 20, Clark was driv­ing her sil­ver Corolla to Air­lie Beach when she lost con­trol on the Bruce High­way at Proser­pine.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Smith said Clark crossed into the south­bound lane be­fore col­lid­ing with a tree at the Glen Isla in­ter­sec­tion.

She said the car hit the tree with con­sid­er­able force and was soon en­gulfed in flames.

All emer­gency ser­vices at­tended the crash, evac­u­at­ing the area and block­ing the high­way off.

Clark, who was taken to hos­pi­tal, said she had just re­ceived a text mes­sage from her mother and was at­tempt­ing to text back when the crash oc­curred.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist said this sort of be­hav­iour had killed peo­ple in the past.

“I know – I nearly died my­self,” Clark replied. “I’ve def­i­nitely learned a les­son.” Clark was fined $660 but no ac­tion was taken against her driver’s li­cence.

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