Woman’s honesty saves her from licence disqualification
A YOUNG woman's honesty has saved her from a licence disqualification after she caused a fiery crash on Burrum Heads Rd.
Nadine Megan Pyatt, 19, pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to driving without due care and attention.
Pyatt crashed into a Holden Astra as she turned into Burrum Heads Rd from Oakes Dr on April 25.
Both vehicles were damaged but luckily the people in the Astra were able to get out of the car "before it was engulfed in flames", police prosecutor Senior Constable Jeanette Grigoris said.
Five people were taken to hospital, however two of these were just there as a precaution.
At the time, an ambulance spokesman said the injuries included minor fractures and abdominal injuries but nothing serious or life-threatening.
Snr Const Grigoris said a licence disqualification should be imposed due to the level of danger of the crash.
"Someone could have been seriously injured or killed," she said.
Magistrate Graeme Tatnell disagreed, based on Pyatt's previous lack of traffic offences and her honesty into owning up to the offence.
Mr Tatnell said it was good to see "an honest young person who owns up to their mistakes".
Pyatt said the intersection was notorious for bad visibility as trees surrounded it, and the trees have been cut back since the crash.
She was fined $600 and allowed to keep her licence.