Teen fined for driving without licence on night of fatality
A TEENAGER has been fined for driving without a licence the night he was involved in a crash that killed a man and left another passenger with a broken neck.
Logan Robert Wondrock pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday to three charges including driving without a licence and driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said Wondrock, then 17, had been the driver of the car on the night of October 9 last year when it crashed along Dr Mays Crossing Rd and killed the 20-year-old Kepnock rear passenger and broke the neck of the front passenger.
"The person who died wasn't wearing a seatbelt," Sgt Stevens said.
"The defendant wasn't licensed to drive a car."
Sgt Stevens said no further charges had been laid on Wondrock in relation to the death, pending a coronial inquest which was expected to be carried out.
But lawyer Matt Messenger reaffirmed to the court that his client had not been charged over the man's death or for causing injury to the other passenger.
"Whilst someone is deceased, none of that can be attributed to Logan," he said.
Mr Messenger said Wondrock, now 18, was employed as a tree lopper, was "quite an accomplished horseman" and a "hard working and industrious young fellow".
"He was driving unlicensed, he has basically no history and he should be fined," he said.
Mr Messenger said his client had been forced into driving the car, which had false number plates, and that belonged to the front passenger who sustained the broken neck.
"One would have hoped someone much older than Logan would not have put him in the position where he was pressured to drive the vehicle," he said.
"It wasn't an ideal situation."
Magistrate Deb Vasta said she took into account Wondrock was 17 at the time of the crash and had been pressured into driving.
Mrs Vasta fined the teenager $700 for the three charges and did not disqualify him from driving due to his lack of criminal history.