Serious scooter crash results in fine

Serious scooter crash results in fine

A MAN involved in a Halls Head crash, which left a scooter rider with serious injuries, has been fined $3000.

Zane John Hope (31) pleaded guilty to careless driving by driving a vehicle without due care and attention when he appeared in Mandurah Magistrates Court on Friday .

Police prosecutor Tamara Read said Hope was driving a Toyota Hilux at speed on Old Coast Road on January 18 at 9.11am.

She said he veered sharply from the right hand lane, into the left hand lane and then a slip lane, cutting off the scooter.

Senior Constable Read said the victim rode into a kerb and Hope carried on driving.

She said prior to the Rutland Drive roundabout, Hope straddled the white lines, the vehicle weaved and veered in front of the scooter.

Sen Const Read said Hope braked heavily, the scooter skidded and came to rest under the Hilux. Hope drove off.

The victim was taken to Royal Perth Hospital with multiple serious injuries. He sustained fractures and lung injuries. After a lengthy stay in hospital, the victim went to a rehabilitation facility.

Lawyer Justin Smith said a Nissan Patrol was driving parallel to Hope near the roundabout. He said Hope feared a collision and did not realise there had been an incident with a scooter.

Mr Smith said Hope went to Mandurah Police Station after reading about the scooter crash on Facebook.

“He feels deeply for the victim,” Mr Smith said.

Mr Smith said Hope pleaded guilty to careless driving because when the road came to a convergence, he should have backed off.

Hope did not dispute the incidents prior to the crash.

Magistrate Anne Longden said Hope’s conduct resulted in extremely serious injuries for the victim.

She ordered the $3000 fine to go to the victim and disqualified Hope’s licence for seven months.