Bus driver convicted after crash

THE driver of a mini bus, used to transport Endeavour Foundation clients, was lucky he and a passenger were not hurt when he caused a three-car pile-up on River Terrace.

Alfred John Brown had failed to stop for a turning car and crashed the bus into the back of a Jeep Wrangler, pushing it into the rear of a Mazda sedan waiting to turn right into Little Channon Street.

The female driver of the Mazda was taken to Gympie Hospital by ambulance to be treated for a minor whiplash neck injury.

Brown, 33, told police he had been looking in the rear vision mirror prior to the crash and when he turned his attention back to the front, the line of traffic had stopped.

He said he braked but was unable to stop crashing into the Jeep, so police officers charged him for the offence of driving without due care and attention on July 15.

In Gympie Magistrates Court, Brown said he had been heading towards Southside from the Monkland Street, Bruce Highway intersection, and the speed he was going was not more than 50 kilometres an hour. He said he was looking in the rear vision mirror because he was concerned a truck was going to run up his rear.

Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said Brown’s traffic history was “relatively good” for someone who drove for a living and allowed him to keep his licence. Brown, of Noakes Road, Traveston, was fined $200.

In a similar matter before the court, Geoffrey Damien Lee Devereaux, 18, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention on Horseshoe Bend.

He had driven too close to a parked car and clipped it on his way home from work on August 3 because he was distracted, he told police officers. The court heard Devereaux, of Gympie, had no previous traffic offences on history and Magistrate Maxine Baldwin commended him on this, saying it was rare to see a young man on this type of charge with no speeding fines on their history.

He was placed on a good behaviour bond for four months with the condition he attends a safe driving awareness program.

Gympie Times


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