Driver turned off after crashes
AFTER witnessing two horrific fatal crashes, Hervey Bay's Terrence John Wilson was left with no desire to drive.
That was what the unlicensed driver told Hervey Bay Magistrates Court after he caused a two-vehicle crash on the Hervey Bay-Maryborough Rd at Eli Waters.
Wilson had pulled into traffic on the busy road and collided with another car on May 28.
Police later discovered the 62-year-old, who was wheelchair-bound at the time of the crash, had never held a Queensland licence.
When questioned in court, Wilson stated that he'd never wanted to drive due to some disturbing experiences in his past.
In 1967, when he was 17 and had just got his licence, he had come across a horrific fatal crash "on a lonely country road outside of Canberra".
"I assisted the ambulance officer (in) shovelling the guts of a victim who had been disembowelled," Wilson said.
"That remains with me to this day."
Wilson later moved north to the Sunshine State, where he witnessed a second traumatic crash in Toowoomba which involved a young mother and her baby.
He said after he pulled the 28-year-old driver from the wreckage, she died in his arms.
As a result, he never bothered to get his licence in Queensland, particularly because he'd always had other people to drive him around.
"It wasn't that I couldn't drive, it was that I chose not to," he said.
Wilson was taken to hospital following his crash on the corner of Pialba-Burrum Heads Rd, which was the second at that intersection in four days.
A previous injury left him with a medical boot on his left leg and he had been using a wheelchair.
However, that had not impacted on his ability to drive an automatic vehicle, he said, and he blamed the crash on the sun shining into his back window.
"Your Honour, I'm very sorry," he told Magistrate Tom Killeen.
"I apologise to yourself and the people of Queensland and the Queensland Police Force for never holding a licence."
Wilson, who had prior convictions for unlicensed driving in 2008 and 2011, was fined $750 for driving without due care and unlicensed driving.
He was disqualified from holding a licence, and therefore driving, for the next six months.