Terrible impact of fatal crash on child survivor revealed
THREE gut-wrenching impact statements were read to the Lismore District Court as the husband and two daughters of Heather Flack tried to put into words their loss after Louise Owen's car veered across the Bruxner Highway back in March 2012.
Ms Owen was found guilty of dangerous driving occasioning death in October this year and appeared in the court for sentencing yesterday.
However a psychologist, who has written a report on Ms Owen's mental state, was not available and the Crown prosecutor has another case in Coffs Harbour next week, so the matter was adjourned until February 12 next year.
Heather Flack was driving her four-year-old grandson Charlie back to Lismore at the time of the crash. She had been looking after him while his mother Danielle was at work.
"The guilt I felt for mum being in the car at that time was huge," Danielle told the court.
She said the impact on Charlie had been "terrible, to say the least".
"The things he saw will always be with him. He remembers the noise of the collision and is terrified of sirens," she said.
"(Her three grandchildren) now only have photos and visits to the grave instead of the fun times with granny they were entitled to."
Heather Flack's other daughter Geraldine said she "felt her world had stopped" since the death of her mother.
"The stress has affected my relationships with my family. A major part of our family circle is missing," she said.
Her son suffered anxiety about getting in the car and had "bad thoughts about nanny dying in the car crash".
She has to drive past the crash site regularly and struggles to know what to say when her son asks "what happened to the lady who drove into nanny's car?"
Kevin Flack's statement was read by one of the Crown solicitors.
"I feel like I died the day we lost Heather," his statement said.