News

Mum cops seat fine after toddler injured in fiery crash

LUCKY ESCAPE: The crash scene after passers-by pulled the mother and her two children from the overturned car.
LUCKY ESCAPE: The crash scene after passers-by pulled the mother and her two children from the overturned car.

AN AMAMOOR Creek woman whose toddler was hurt in a fiery car crash near Jones Hill earlier this year has been fined for failing to properly restrain her son.

Amber Rae Hughes, 29, pleaded guilty to negligence causing harm when she faced Gympie Magistrates Court on Thursday.

The outcome - a $1000 fine - was most likely secondary to the anguish the mother-of-two felt after learning of her three-year-old's injuries.

The court heard Hughes had been driving towards Gympie on the Mary Valley Hwy on April 27, with her sons in the back seat - her two-year-old was secure in his car seat, but her three-year-old was only restrained by an adult lap belt.

The court heard at about

11am, Hughes fell asleep near Cox Rd and the Mitsubishi Pajero she was driving ran off the road and into a tree.

Passing drivers helped save the mother and children from the upturned car before it burst into intense flames.

The three were treated at Gympie Hospital and later the three-year-old boy was transferred to Brisbane for treatment of a swollen spleen, internal bleeding and two fractured vertebrae.

Hughes' lawyer, Chris Anderson, said the remorseful mother was "beside herself knowing her actions caused injury to one of her children".

He said she was tired from working night shift and had been on the way to the dentist; it was an unexpected trip after her two-year-old knocked his teeth that morning on the trampoline.

Her son's car seat had been accidentally left in her partner's car who was at work.

"This is something my client will live with for the rest of her life," Mr Anderson said.

Magistrate M. Baldwin said she needed to send a stern reminder about the importance of properly restraining children in cars.

"If kids are in cars they need to be protected," Mrs Baldwin said. "Accidents happen so easily. The rules are there for a very good reason. This could have ended very, very badly."

The court heard, now eight weeks after the accident, the little boy was progressing well.

What to do

0-6 months

- Rearward facing baby capsule or infant restraint

 

6-12 months

- Rearward or forward facing infant restraint

 

6 months-4 years

- Rearward facing restraint or forward facing child restraint with built-in harness

 

4 years-7 years

Booster seat with an adult seat belt or an accessory child safety harness

7 years - 16 years Booster seat with adult seat belt or if big enough adult seat belt or child harness.

Gympie Times

Topics:  amamoor creek, car accident, editors picks, road safety




Good luck to Gympie Year 12s sitting QCS exams

PRESSURE IS ON: Rhea Dhillon, Georgia Hayes (back), Kate McDonnell, Belarna Pertot, Ella Moro and Neha Dillon (front) were among the Year 12 students at St Patrick's College who enjoyed a special breakfast this morning before their first QCS exam.

Gympie Year 12s are in the middle of their QCS exams

Why tele has become a 'viper pit' of moral degradation

'PRIME TIME FODDER': Clare Verrall and Jono Pitman in a scene from the TV series Married At First Sight. Supplied by Channel 9.

Letter writer fears for society and the decline of moral standards

'Be helpful in future'

News

MAN warned to co-operate with police in future

Latest deals and offers

Taylor Swift dismissed from jury duty

Taylor Swift was dismissed from jury duty in a sexual assault case

Zumbo's Willy Wonka hat trick trips up Queensland brickie

Adriano Zumbo and Rachel Khoo with Zumbo's floating dessert in a scene from Zumbo's Just Desserts.

NOOSA'S Michael Basset asked to recreate floating chocolate dish.

John Lennon's killer denied parole for 9th time

John Lennon

John Lennon's killer has been denied parole for the ninth time.

Mexican band takes aim at Trump

Disguised as unhinged narcotraficantes, the Mexican-American agitators of BRUJERIA captured the mood of the citys minorities with the bands infamous and widely banned 1993 debut, Matando Geros (Killing White People), quickly becoming the Spanish-language counterparts to early grindcore masters TERRORIZER and NAPALM DEATH.  Photo Contributed

'Satanic drug lord' band challenges Trump

Willy Wonka star, Gene Wilder dead at 83

A still of Gene Wilder in the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Social media has already lit up with tributes to the late actor.

Gladstone couple's spontaneous Gympie Muster wedding

Craig Oglesby and Brenda Strong celebrate their wedding at the Gympie Muster with punters in front of the Main Stage.

The Gympie Music Muster was the perfect place for a wedding.

Palm Lake Resort set to move in to Coast with 276 villas

Palm Lake Group has been given approval by Sunshine Coast Council to build a 276-villa over 50s resort and 120-bed aged care facility at the intersection of Caloundra Rd and Caloundra Mooloolaba Rd in Little Mountain.

New facility planned for Caloundra Rd

Warning for unit investors with price plummet prediction

The warning signs are flashing for one real estate sector in 2017 despite others performing the best they have in years and it's not going to be pretty.

One real estate sector looks set for a rocky 2017

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m