I want to drive again
Even at 87, death-crash accused says:
AN 87-year-old woman charged over a fatal car crash wants to get back on the road.
Antonietta Fasciale faced court for the first time yesterday, amid the prospect of a 10-year jail term.
She is charged with dangerous driving causing death, careless driving and failing to stop at a red light.
But Melbourne Magistrates’ Court heard Mrs Fasciale wants to keep driving and plans to sit a driving test.
She is banned from driving as a condition of her bail. But that condition was varied so she can take driving lessons and sit a test with a VicRoads instructor.
She was charged following the death of an 86-year-old Bulleen man, killed riding his mobility scooter across a pedestrian crossing near his home on March 8. He was taken to hospital but died later that day.
Police allege Mrs Fasciale drove the car that hit him. She now faces a maximum of 10 years if convicted of dangerous driving causing death.
Locals have called on VicRoads to lower the speed limit at the Thompsons Rd crash scene. “That crossing has always been known to be deadly, I’ve witnessed a hit- and-run and people running red lights,” said one, Angelica Kanellakos.
“My grandpa was hit by a car, which luckily was only travelling at 30kmh and he’s still alive today. The limit should be 40km at least.”
Ms Kanellakos, 19, said she had spoken to a number of shop owners in the precinct who supported lowering the existing 70kmh limit.
“After witnessing one too many close calls, something has to change,” she said.
Mrs Fasciale, who was supported in court by family members, will return to court on August 24.
Antonietta Fasciale at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court yesterday.