Bradley Younger pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention.
Bradley Younger pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention. Contributed

Man permanently paralysed after driver failed to give way

A 22-YEAR-OLD Marian man has been fined after causing an accident that left a motorcyclist paralysed from the chest down.

Bradley Christopher Younger pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention in Mackay Magistrates Court this morning.

Prosecutor Michael Ball said that about 7.30pm on June 26 last year, Younger had failed to give way an intersection on Pleystowe Connection Rd.

Magistrate Nerida Wilson said Younger had driven a few metres past a give way sign. 

As Younger was "either about to enter the intersection, or stopped before you entered the intersection," a man driving a Harley Davidson approached, travelling east on Mackay-Eungella Rd.

Mr Ball said the motorcyclist, anticipating a crash, had been forced to lock his brakes and the bike had fallen to the ground and skidded.

The man was taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane with injuries including spinal fracture, six broken ribs, lung contusions and a broken wrist.

Mr Ball said a witness told police Younger had said, "I didn't see him, I didn't see him" on the scene, after the crash.

Defence solicitor Steven Hayles said Younger had completed some of an auto electrical apprenticeship until his employer "went bust", and was currently employed in North Mackay as a warehouse storeperson.

Mr Hayles said since the crash, Younger had completed a defensive driving course and other qualifications in the hope of obtaining better paid work.

Ms Wilson said the man had already fallen off the motorbike when it collided with Younger's Holden sedan.

She said Younger was a man of "impeccable character" who hadn't been drinking, taking drugs or speeding on the night of the offence.

Yet, she said, the "horrific injuries" had left the victim a paraplegic.

Ms Wilson said neither party affected, the biker and Younger, could be "adequately compensated" by criminal penalty.

Younger was fined $1500 and a conviction was recorded on his traffic history.



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