‘I am so sorry’: Mum’s apology to seriously hurt truckie
A CAIRNS mum, being sentenced in court, has delivered a heartbreaking apology to a truck driver who was seriously injured when their vehicles collided.
Rachael Sellars, 48, has no memory of the horror crash on the Bruce Highway outside Gordonvale on October 7 last year with an oncoming southbound semi-trailer on a bridge.
She suffered critical injuries and spent weeks in Townsville Hospital recovering, while the driver of the truck, Flying Fish Point man Robin Smith, 54, also suffered serious leg injuries and was taken to hospital in Cairns.
On Tuesday, Mrs Sellars pleaded guilty in the Cairns Magistrates Court to driving without due care and attention causing grievous bodily harm, and was handed a three-month jail sentence, wholly suspended.
Her solicitor, Doug McKinstry, read out an apology she wrote to Mr Smith, who travelled to court with his partner, Viv Edwards, for the sentencing.
She described being "completely devastated" for causing his injuries.
"Knowing I have caused harm is horrible as I have been a safety-conscious worrier my entire life," she said.
"I still do not know what happened on the day of the accident. I do not have any memory of it, nor the next three weeks.
"I wish every day that I could do something to prevent it happening and change the outcome of the accident.
"I cannot think of the words to tell you how sorry I am for the pain and suffering I have caused you."
Police prosecutor Codi Dalley told the court Mrs Sellars was travelling 14kmh over the posted 80kmh speed limit and did not brake before the crash. The court heard she did not have a criminal history and only a minor traffic history.
Magistrate Robert Spencer said it was a "very tragic set of circumstances". "No one can describe it as anything else but that," he said.
Speaking outside court Mr Smith, who now walks with the help of a cane, said he and Ms Edwards did not feel any malice towards Mrs Sellars despite suffering likely permanent leg injuries.
"At the end of the day she is paying the ultimate consequences for her actions," he said. "We both wanted to be here for (the sentence).
"We wanted to meet Rachael, because we'd never met her, and probably be there for her.
"I have no ill feelings."
Originally published as 'I am so sorry': Mum's emotional apology to truckie over crash