I want to drive again

Even at 87, death-crash ac­cused says:

Herald Sun - - NEWS - SHAN­NON DEERY shan­non.deery@news.com.au

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.

Pic­ture: NI­COLE GARMSTON

An­toni­etta Fas­ciale at Mel­bourne Mag­is­trates’ Court yes­ter­day.

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