Distracted driver rear-ends car

A VISITOR to the Gympie region, who took her eyes off the road to look at a sign, drove her car into the back of a stationary vehicle.

Rachel Jayne Ferguson, of Gulmarrad in New South Wales, had been staying in Gympie when she decided to catch up with a friend living in Tin Can Bay on July 7.

Ferguson had been travelling along Tin Can Bay Road when she looked away at a destination sign and ploughed into the back of a vehicle waiting to turn into Kin Kin Road.

Police officers called to the scene said Ferguson admitted it was “completely” her fault because she didn’t see the car in front of her until the last second.

The court learned Ferguson had no previous traffic offences on her New South Wales and Queensland history, or in England, where she emigrated from.

Defence lawyer Corey Jenkins said his client had been slightly distracted the day of the accident but was “certainly not a hoon”.

Because of Ferguson’s lack of history, she was placed on a $300 bond to be of good behaviour for four months.

Gympie Times


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