Teen fined in court over three car highway smash
WHEN Xaviera Pam Hobson woke she was in pain and saw the roof of her Ford Escape had been peeled back.
The Collinsville teen received a compound fracture to her right arm, a skull fracture and pulled ligaments in her neck after her inexperience caused a three-vehicle crash on the Bruce Hwy.
Of the three drivers, only Hobson was transported to hospital.
Magistrate Tina Previtera said it was "extremely lucky" no one was killed.
Hobson's car had "hit with force" a ute that was stopped on the highway at about 1.35pm on September 12 last year, prosecutor James Grehan told the Mackay Magistrates Court.
The ute had been indicating it planned to turn right across traffic into the Kuttabul Hotel.
The impact pushed both vehicles into the oncoming lane where they were struck by a third vehicle.
All three vehicles were significantly damaged.
Duty solicitor Chelsea Cross, of Legal Aid Queensland, said her client believed she'd looked down to set the cruise control. When she looked back up it was too late.
The 19-year-old had two jobs and needed her licence. She had no traffic or criminal history and had proactively organised to complete a defensive driving course after the incident, Ms Cross told the court.
Ms Previtera said the crash had obviously had an impact on the green P-plater.
"Clearly inexperience was at play here with you trying to drive and set your cruise control," Ms Previtera said.
Since the incident Hobson had had to return to hospital to treat an infection to the injury in her arm and will need further surgery to remove metal plates. She had also paid the $1800 to her insurance company.
Ms Previtera said she would exercise her discretion not to record a conviction or disqualify Hobson from holding or obtaining a licence.
The teen was fined $400.
Charge: Drive without due care and attention or drive without reasonable consideration for other persons using road or place