Mum’s car crash lapse

A MOMENTARY lapse in concentration had some serious consequences for an Irymple woman.

Frances Chambers faced Mildura Magistrates’ Court yesterday where she pleaded guilty to charges related to an offence last November.

About 8.20pm she was driving on Deakin Avenue when she leaned over to grab her mobile phone, causing her to veer into the left-hand lane and hit a Triton ute, parked outside the Mildura Inlander Resort.

The force of the impact pushed the ute into the nature strip and caused it to hit the rear of another parked car.

The court heard a witness phoned triple zero while Chambers left the scene, walking to her sister’s house, without attempting to find the owners of the two damaged vehicles.

Police identified her through the vehicle’s registration.

Her solicitor Bert Hilton-Wood yesterday said she had expected police to “come knocking” in search of her that night and when they didn’t, she attended the police station the following day.

He said she had panicked and left the scene and pleaded with Magistrate Andrew McKenna to refrain from suspending her licence given she was a single mother who needed her licence to drive her children to school.

Mr McKenna said the incident was an all too common scenario, where drivers failed to “stick around” or report a crash and therefore general deterrence was required.

Chambers was fined $750 with conviction and her licence was suspended for one month.

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