An Australian driver who used her mobile phone behind the wheel 44 times before running down a cyclist near Koroit has been fined $4500 and lost her licence for nine months.
She refuse to help, calling police but leaving the cyclist lying in the road while she waited.
Her response to police? “I just don’t care because I’ve already been through a lot of bullshit and my car is like pretty expensive and now I have to fix it.”
“I’m kind of pissed off that the cyclist has hit the side of my car. I don’t agree that people texting and driving could hit a cyclist. I wasn’t on my phone when I hit the cyclist.”
Kimberley Davis, 21, of Grant Street, Port Fairy, yesterday pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to dangerous driving.
She was originally charged with 47 offences covering each time she had used her phone.
The cyclist suffered a spinal fracture which required surgery and placement in a spinal cage at Melbourne’s Austin Hospital. He was originally told he could be left a paraplegic and spent three months recovering.
He also suffered a broken big toe and lacerations to his head and body.