Crash not 'entirely fault of driver'
A THREE-vehicle car crash at Greens Creek on May 27 was “not entirely the fault” of the driver blamed, Gympie Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said.
Melissa Kirsty Jackson was charged for driving without due care and attention after rear-ending a vehicle parked halfway on the road.
She had been driving along Cedar Pocket Road and just gone over a crest when in front of her was a parked van. A bus was coming towards her and the narrow road left her no room to go around.
Jackson slammed on her brakes and hit the back of the van and then was hit from behind by another car that came over the crest.
All drivers were taken to hospital by ambulance.
Jackson said she certainly never swerved to hit anyone and told the court anyone coming over the hill would have had little time to stop.
However, Jackson told police officers at the scene that her cat had distracted her by escaping from its cage in the back seat and sitting beside her on the centre console.
Mrs Baldwin told the court the crash was not entirely Jackson's fault but accepted her guilty plea because Jackson recognised her part in the crash.
Jackson, of Tagigan Road, Goomboorian, was fined $300.