News

Drunk, unlicensed driver killed unborn baby

ISIS CRASH: Emergency services attend the scene of a crash on the Isis Highway. Photo: Melinda Bradford / NewsMail
ISIS CRASH: Emergency services attend the scene of a crash on the Isis Highway. Photo: Melinda Bradford / NewsMail Melinda Bradford BUN141113RTC1

A MAN four times over the limit who caused his female passenger to lose her unborn baby in a serious car accident will walk free from jail after only 16 months.

John Christopher Webb pled guilty to one count of dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm in the Bundaberg District Court on Wednesday.

The court heard the pregnant woman's 23-week-old foetus was killed and she suffered permanent injuries when the car Webb was driving slammed into the back of a tractor while he attempted to overtake it.

The car became embedded in the in the stakes at the back of the tractor and together the vehicles "slewed" down the road for 135m before coming to a stop.

In outlining the facts, Judge Michael Rackemann said "one of them (stakes) intersected with the head of the pregnant woman".

"She sustains life threatening injuries, her injures were to her head, right eye, facial injuries, chest injuries and abdomen injuries.

"She was 23 weeks pregnant and lost the child as a result."

Judge Rackermann described Webb's actions as "foolhardy to the point of criminal".

He said the sorry events of November 12, 2013 began after Webb accompanied his friend to Bundaberg but his friend was sentenced in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court and unable to drive his car home.

"The defendant made some attempt to find someone to drive it because both he and his dad who was with him weren't licensed," he said.

"They asked the woman who was with them if she'd drive and she didn't want to so he decided to drive even though he was unlicensed.

"The car they were driving had an alcohol interlock on it." "He knew he'd been drinking, although he didn't think he was drunk, he was in fact heavily intoxicated as indicated by the later test revealing he was driving at 0.217%.

 Judge Rackemann said the pregnant woman had been was foolish for blowing into the interlocking device and allowing someone who had been drinking to drive her somewhere when she was pregnant. "

That was a foolish thing for her to do but does not excuse your criminality," he said.

The woman was left with permanent damage to her right eye.

"The result of the collision was catastrophic for her," Judge Rackemann said.

Webb was sentenced to four years jail suspended after 16 months, of which has already served more than 12 months. He was also disqualified from driving indefinitely.

Topics:  court crash editors picks



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Four crews called to fire near Draper Road

Bush fire at Murdering Creek Road, Peregian.

Four QFES crews were called to the scene of a bushfire yesterday

Local Partners

'He can see!' Mum's tears as boy fights Taipan bite

TWO-year-old Eli Campbell continues to amaze his parents and doctors as he bravely takes on his recovery from a near-fatal taipan bite.


What's on: Saturday, December 3

Not sure what to do today? We've got you covered

Head to the sugar museum for a sweet taste of history

Cutting the ribbon to officially open the revamped Sugar Museum at Fairymead House is Mayor Jack Dempsey and Fairymead House Team Leader Hayley Vale.

Learn about the industry that made Bundy what it is

List of gigs happening around Bundy

KEY NOTE: Country singer Alex Peden. Photo: Scottie Simmonds / NewsMail

There's a live show for everyone

Rogue One star proud to lead new Star Wars film

Felicity Jones leads the new Star Wars film

Star Wars lead proud to be in front in sci-fi

What's on the small screen this week

Ernie Dingo stars in the TV series Going Places with Ernie Dingo.

ERNIE Dingo stars in a new travel series and Seven airs the AACTAs.

Mandy Moore feels like she's 60

Mandy Moore sees herself as a 60-year-old rather than a 32-year-old

Goooodbye Hamish and Andy (from our radios)

Hamish and Andy

The pair have been on air since 2006

David Attenborough on facing his mortality

Sir David Attenborough in a scene from the TV special The Death of the Oceans.

Life without Sir David Attenborough is hard to imagine

Saying "I do" changed Shia's outlook on marriage

Shia LaBeouf has a new outlook on marriage since he tied the knot.

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Morrison signs off on new affordable rental model

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Federal Financial Relations at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Scott Morrison signed off on development of a new financing model

Coast high-flyer's fight back from bankruptcy, $72m debt

Scott Juniper went from millionaire developer to declaring bankruptcy in2012, now he is back on top of his game again with new developments including this one in Coolum.

'Apocalyptic lending storm' causes financial collapse.

How your home can earn you big $$$$ this Christmas

This luxury Twin Waters home rents out over Christmas for more than $6000 a week.

Home owners earning thousands renting out their homes this Christmas

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!