Fatigue causes crash

A FAMILY of four, relocating to Gympie from the Atherton Tablelands, were lucky to escape with only minor injuries when their car and trailer veered off the road and rolled.

Mum Renee Fewin, 21, had been driving for about eight hours on June 13 and planned to drive straight through to Gympie when she fell asleep at the wheel after passing through Proserpine.

With two children in the back seat and her husband in the passenger seat, Fewin lost control of the car on the Bruce Highway near Thoopora at 4.30am. She was charged by local police for driving without due care and attention.

“It’s a bit hard to have care and attention when you’re asleep, and that was involuntary,” Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said when Fewin faced Gympie Magistrates Court.

The court learned Fewin had to drive because her partner was unlicensed.

Defence lawyer Corey Jenkins said his client had been stopping periodically during the trip but unfortunately fell asleep behind the wheel.

“My client acknowledges fatigue had something to do with it,” Mr Jenkins said and told the court Fewin’s family had lost their car and trailer with all their belongings in the accident.

“It was the first accident she has ever had… There are no like offences on her traffic history... It was not deliberate.”

Fewin, formerly of Eacham Road, Yungaburra, was fined $300.

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