Mum pleads guilty over collision
A GOOLMANGAR mother whose five children were riding in her blue Mitsubishi Pajero when it collided with another 4WD on Wyrallah Road, has pleaded guilty to negligent driving causing grievous bodily harm.
Lorna Fraser, 42, of Nimbin Road, entered her plea in Lismore Local Court through defence lawyer Paul Denmeade to causing the crash that led to a male front-seat passenger in the other vehicle, a white Toyota Landcruiser, receiving serious injuries.
Magistrate Robyn Denes said Fraser had previously been charged over an unrelated negligent driving matter and she ordered a pre-sentence report be prepared before sentencing her on November 15.
Ms Denes said a number of people had sustained serious injuries in the crash, including a child with a fractured spine.
Police facts state the crash happened on March 28 last year near Tuckurimba when Fraser lost control of her 1997 Pajero in wet conditions as she drove home from a football game at Evans Head.
The Pajero collided with an oncoming Toyota, driven by Rodney Stead with eight people inside, including his wife, four children, a male friend and his child.
It was raining and visibility was poor because of low cloud cover when Fraser’s vehicle slid onto the wrong side of the road.
The oncoming driver noticed the 4WD was fishtailing into his lane and veered to the right to avoid a head-on collision. But Fraser regained control, causing the Pajero to veer back to the northbound lane where the vehicles collided.
Mr Stead’s Toyota left the road and ran down an embankment. His front-seat male passenger was trapped in the wreckage with serious multiple fractures to his left arm and leg, pelvis and ribs. A rescue team had to cut him free.
One child was taken by Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter to Mater Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.
Fraser told police her Pajero hit water on the road and bounced, causing it to aquaplane. Police stated her speed was too fast for the wet conditions.