A female vineyard worker was ordered to pay $4000 in reparation to an elderly couple after her careless driving caused them both injury, and the loss of their car.
Alisa Khamkaew, 30, appeared in the Blenheim District Court yesterday, facing a charge of careless driving causing injury.
The incident happened on July 28 at the intersection of Weld St and Muller Rd.
Khamkaew first appeared in court on Monday, when prosecutor Graham Single told the court the woman drove through the intersection without slowing, and collided with the vehicle of Patricia and Ronald Wass.
Mrs Wass fractured her sternum in the collision and had a large amount of bruising to the chest area, while Mr Wass suffered bruising and chest pains.
Both victims were treated in Wairau Hospital.
Mr Single said the couple both had to have their clothes cut off after the crash, and a cellphone was lost, at a cost of about $300.
It was expected to cost them about $11,000 to replace their car to the same standard.
Their car was insured for $7500, and Mr Wass acknowledged the extra cost was to do with their personal insurance cover.
Continuing medical costs were being covered by ACC.
Yesterday Judge Susan Thomas ordered Khamkaew to pay $2000 to the couple, and a further $2000 in instalments in reparation for both emotional and direct costs. The judge disqualified her from driving for six months.
"Both victims were substantially impacted, and continue to be impacted," she said.
- The Marlborough Express