Woman jailed for car crash that narrowly missed children

A WOMAN who came metres from slamming her car into three children before crashing into a power pole was last week jailed in the Rockhampton Magistrates' Court.

Cassandra Mary Stanley pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of a vehicle. Magistrate Jeff Clarke told her: "It's only for the grace of God that someone wasn't killed".

On Friday the court heard the 46-year-old was the driver of a Holden Commodore V8 involved in an accident on Munro St, Kawana, last November.

Police prosecutor Manon Barwick said the car reversed at high speed out of a driveway before accelerating forward, fishtailing for 50 metres, then skidding into a power pole and landing against a house fence.

"The car came within five metres of at least three children," she said.

Witnesses reported hearing a male passenger yelling, "drift it" as the car spun.

The crash occurred next to a soccer field where games were being held, with many young children in the vicinity at the time.

Stanley ran from the scene, with police instead finding her husband in the passenger seat of the car.

He claimed responsibility, but later admitted he lied to protect his wife, who was on parole and on a suspended sentence at the time.

Solicitor Joanne Madden said Stanley was not used to the power of a V8, so panicked and accelerated instead of braking, and also did not appreciate how many people were around.

She also submitted that Stanley was the carer for her husband, who was on a disability pension and suffered from stomach cancer and type one diabetes.

The court heard Stanley was a heavy drug user for five years, mainly cocaine, but had been clean for two years.

She was sentenced to three months' and six months' jail, to be served concurrently, with a parole eligibility date of February 22.

She was also disqualified from driving for 12 months.


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