Hor­ror buggy crash

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

PLEAD­ING guilty to driv­ing with­out due care and at­ten­tion has left a Black­rock man with a $1500 fine.

The court heard how on Fe­bru­ary 27 about 12.30pm Michael Howard Dever, 33, who was on Hamil­ton Is­land for a wed­ding, was at a golf driv­ing range when a bus came to take wed­ding guests to the ma­rina.

With not enough room on the bus for ev­ery­one, Dever took some pas­sen­gers him­self in a golf buggy. On the sec­ond trip Dever and his three pas­sen­gers, who were not wear­ing seat­belts, were driv­ing up a hill when the buggy started to slow down. One of the pas­sen­gers jumped out of the buggy to push it from be­hind. While turn­ing around to en­sure the pas­sen­ger had got back on, Dever turned the wheel to the left, caus­ing the buggy to go off track and fall 30m down a hill. The ac­ci­dent ended in mul­ti­ple in­juries to all those in­volved. Dever paid $8500 to re­place the buggy.

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