Pulling wheelie a life-changing moment for young rider
THERE was little punishment Magistrate Cameron Press could have handed motorcyclist Tyler Michael Yates yesterday that was going to make the young man's life much worse.
As Yates left the courthouse, slowly making his way down the steps with the use of a crutch, it was clear he had already been dealt a harsh lesson.
The 22-year-old copped $1200 in fines, was disqualified from driving for six months and had a traffic conviction recorded against him after a horrific accident on Rockhampton's Boundary Rd.
The court heard things went terribly wrong for Yates when he pulled a wheelie and crashed into an oncoming four-wheel drive.
He went into cardiac arrest at the scene of the crash and had to be revived.
He spent the next month in a Brisbane hospital bed with a list of injuries that included a shattered pelvis, damage to his spinal cord, multiple broken bones and an injury to his liver.
The crash that changed his life happened about 11am on November 11.
The Rockhampton Magistrates Court heard Yates had no recollection of the incident.
Police were only able to speak to him earlier this month.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Manon Barwick said Yates was unlicensed and was riding an unregistered and uninsured bike.
He had a serious traffic history.
Defence lawyer Michael Stockall said the young man would never ride again and his future employment opportunities were now limited.
"He went into cardiac arrest before he was revived," Mr Stockall said.
"What he did had an impact on his life and will have a great bearing for the rest of his life."
Magistrate Press said it was a shame it had taken such a serious crash for Yates to wake up to the need to comply with traffic regulations.
"You started driving in 2010 and for a young man driving six years, your's is not a good record," Mr Press said.
"I note you were disqualified in the past on two occasions.
"It's such a shame you did not learn from these."
Yates pleaded guilty to four driving offences, including driving without due care and attention, driving uninsured and without a licence.
No-one in the four-wheel drive was hurt.