Pregnant driver's sentencing delayed for birth
A pregnant driver who seriously injured a cyclist while overtaking a school bus has had her sentencing delayed until after she gives birth.
Jessica Louise Collins, 21, wiped away tears at Masterton District Court yesterday as she admitted slamming into cyclist Stuart Day on Gladstone's Longbush Rd in March.
The collision left the 47-year-old engineer lying unconscious on the side of the road with multiple injuries to his face - including seven fractures to his jaw - as well as bleeding on his brain and kidney damage.
He also lost the use of his right arm, and was flown to Wellington Hospital, where he spent five weeks recovering.
Yesterday, Collins pleaded guilty to careless driving causing injury after trying to overtake a school bus on a left-hand bend early on March 30.
When she saw Mr Day - cycling towards her on the verge - she tried to brake but skidded into him, police prosecutor Sergeant Gary Wilson said.
He was thrown into the windscreen before being catapulted over the car.
After placing him in the recovery position, Collins drove to a neighbouring property to get help, Mr Wilson said.
Judge Thomas Broadmore convicted her but deferred sentencing until November, as Collins is due to give birth in October.
The maximum penalty is three months in prison or a $4500 fine.
Yesterday Mr Day said he did not remember the incident.
''I never even heard her coming.
''She hit me full-bore, she's gone straight into me, it was pretty unreal.''
The father of two said his right arm was now ''useless''.
''I'm not even sure if I'll get the use of my arm back but I'm hopeful.
''My hand works but my bicep doesn't so I can't bend my arm - I can't even scratch my nose.''
He was travelling to Auckland to see a nerve specialist next month, he said.
Mr Day's father Alex said his son was lucky to be alive.
''It really is a wonder he was never killed - that's something we are all really grateful for.''
- © Fairfax NZ News
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