“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,” an Australian driver told police when she was questioned about a collision that resulted in a cyclist suffering severe injuries including a fractured spine.
“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”, 21 year old Kimberly Davis said when interviewed by police in the Australian state of Victoria about the collision.
Her trial was told that Davis - who was driving on a provisional licence - had exchanged 22 text messages during her journey before hitting the cyclist and had used her phone 44 times in all. She originally faced 47 charges with one charge for every use of her phone.
It later emerged that between the time of the incident and this week's court hearing Davis was caught drink driving, registering a blood alcohol content reading of .07.
The 21-year old had been driving her friends to a local night club, and defense counsel Tony Robinson said that she had decided to drive because she was going to lose her license anyway.
After her collision with the cyclist Davis proceeded to drive on for 100 metres before pulling her car over to report the incident to the police.
She did not offer the cylist any assistance the court was told she remained in her car until the police arrived.
The 21 year old was fined $4500 by Warrnambool Magistrates Court and also had her Australian provisional license rescinded for nine months, after pleading guilty.
Magistrate John Lesser highlighted the great community significance of drivers using mobile telephones, while noting that Davis’ comments to the police were poorly put.
The wife of the injured cyclist - who was at the hearing told The Standard she was disappointed that Davis was not banned for longer.