Drunk driver returns to help injured victim

A MANDURAH man drove drunk, ploughed into a young woman and left the scene of the accident before riding back on his bicycle, it was revealed in Mandurah Magistrates Court last week.

Timothy Andrew Rykee (30) received fines and a licence disqualification for hitting the 22-year-old woman as she was skating across the road on Clarice Street at 10.53pm on August 1.

Her mother, who sat in the back of the court, said she forgave Rykee for what happened, despite him having a blood alcohol reading of 0.102 after the accident.

The police prosecutor told the court that Rykee left a local tavern and got into his car to drive home.

It was on Clarice Street when the 22-year-old victim was thrown off her skateboard and into his car with enough force to smash the windscreen.

Rykee drove home, leaving the victim lying in the street, but he returned soon after on his bicycle and called an ambulance from the scene.

He stayed with her until the ambulance arrived.

She had to have surgery to stabilise her injuries, which included a fractured skull, bleeding on the brain, a fractured leg and grazing to her face and body.

Her mother said she would have a metal plate in her leg for life and would remain on crutches for a few more months.

Duty lawyer Clare Hay, appearing for the accused, said Rykee admitted responsibility immediately.

“He is very remorseful and the effect of (the accident) on him has been quite extreme,” she said.

Rykee received an $1800 fine for failing to stop and had his licence disqualified for 14 months.

For driving drunk, he received a fine of $700 and a licence suspension for seven months, to be served concurrently with the 14 month suspension.