Fine for near-fatal text
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.