Driver flees scene

By ZOE SATHERLEY

POLICE are going to 'throw the book' at the Lismore woman responsible for Tuesday's demolition derby in Keen Street.

The 27-year-old suspended driver managed to smash into four parked cars while she was using her mobile phone to send a text message to a friend, police said.

She then drove away from the accident scene only to crash into a street sign, dragging it under her white olderstyle 4WD before careering down an embankment.

The woman then decamped on foot into nearby bushes.

"The case perfectly highlights why using a mobile phone while driving is illegal," crime manager Insp Scott Bingham said.

"It is an extremely dangerous practice under any circumstances.

"That accident happened around lunchtime in the vicinity of a busy school, and near a health centre where frail, elderly and disabled citizens cross the street regularly.

"It was extremely fortunate that no pedestrians were hit in the accident."

Insp Bingham said police had interviewed the woman and would lay charges on Friday including driving while suspended, negligent driving, driving while using a mobile phone and leaving the scene of an accident.

He said police appreciated the number of eye witnesses who had come forward to assist them in their inquiries.



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