Police road marks relating to a hit and run incident on the road heading from Cape Byron lighthouse on Saturday February 15, 2014 PHOTO: MEGAN KINNINMENT
Police road marks relating to a hit and run incident on the road heading from Cape Byron lighthouse on Saturday February 15, 2014 PHOTO: MEGAN KINNINMENT

Byron Bay hit-and-run driver jailed

THE driver of a car who was under the influence of alcohol and ecstasy when she hit a four-year-old girl at Byron Bay in 2014 will spend at least 16 months in jail.

Rakau Williams was accused of hitting the child and failing to stop near the Byron Lighthouse about 6.45am on February 15.

The girl's leg was broken in the incident after she was knocked down an embankment while walking with her family and she had to undergo surgery.

Williams was charged later that day after police located a blue Tasmanian registered Volvo sedan on Shelly Dr at Byron Bay on the day of the incident.

Police allege Williams had been driving the at the time of the incident.

A New Zealand national, Williams was ordered to surrender her passport when she was granted conditional bail and contacted her solicitor.

It was alleged Williams had taken ecstasy and consumed alcohol prior to the crash.

At her arraignment in Lismore District Court in December 2015, the 29 year-old pleaded guilty to charges of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm while under the influence and failing to stop and assist after a vehicle impact causing grievous bodily harm.

At Lismore District court on Monday, Williams appeared for sentencing before Judge Laura Wells.

On the charge of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm while under the influence, Williams was sentenced to two-years and eight months jail, with a non-parole period of one year and four months.

Judge Wells then sentenced Williams to one year in jail on the charge of failing to stop and assist after a vehicle impact causing grievous bodily harm.

Williams’ driver’s licence was also suspended for the mandatory period of three years.

She will be eligible for parole on July 13, 2017.

Upon her release Williams has been ordered by Judge Wells to participate in a drug addiction counselling program while under the supervision of the Lismore Community Corrections District Office.



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