Fined over motorbike crash

A DISLOCATED shoulder, broken wrist and two knees damaged so seriously they required surgery.

Those were the injuries sustained by a motorbike rider struck by a car on the corner of Cleary and Dragon Sts last month.

The motorbike rider was propelled into the air and onto the road by the force of the impact.

Residents of the area rushed to the aid of the injured rider at 8.30pm on March 4, taking care of him until ambulance officers arrived at the scene.

The driver of the car, James Jordan Paul Cargill yesterday appeared in Warwick Magistrates Court over the crash.

Cargill could offer little explanation as to why he travelled through the give way sign and into the motorbike rider, other than he simply didn't see him.

The Killarney man told police he had paused briefly at the give way sign and only noticed one car, further down the road.

Police prosecutor Steve de Lissa yesterday said the motorbike's headlights and taillights were still on when officers arrived on scene.

Drink driving was ruled out as factor in the crash.

Defence solicitor Daniel Habermann told the court his client's uninsured vehicle, valued at $5000, was written off as a result of the collision.

He said this had caused Cargill "significant inconvenience" and put a strain on his employment as a traffic controller.

Mr Habermann couldn't explain how Cargill failed to see the rider in the street, which is lit by street lights, but said his client was sorry about the incident.

"For the life of him he can't understand why he didn't see the motorcycle," Mr Habermann said.

"He has lived over it 1000 times since then."

The 32-year-old yesterday pleaded guilty to one charge of driving without due care and attention.

He was fined $500.


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