Teen driver 'panicked' before crashing into three riders
A 17-YEAR-OLD farmhand told police he "panicked" before crashing his car into two motorbikes on the Bruce Highway.
Mt Charlton man Lane William Jensen pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention in the Mackay Magistrates Court this morning.
Prosecutor James Grehan said Jensen had obtained his provisional drivers licence just six weeks prior to the crash, which occurred about 1pm on December 5 last year.
He said Jensen told police he'd been driving a ute northbound at Mt Ossa when he slowed and indicated right to turn onto an intersection. There was southbound traffic stopping him from turning.
"(Jensen) stated to police that he then looked in the rear view mirror of the vehicle he was driving and observed about 10 or more motorcycles approaching from behind in the same lane," Mr Grehan said.
"He stated that he then panicked as he thought he was supposed to get out of the way of the motorcycle riders."
Jensen told police he then started turning left to get out of the way of the bikers.
At that time, three people on two Harley Davidson motorbikes were using the left hand lane to pass the ute. Mr Grehan said Jensen then crashed into the bikes.
One man suffered fractures and contusions of the skin and soft tissues. He developed wound problems in his leg and had to be transferred to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.
Another man had a dislocated shoulder and a spinal fracture, which meant he had to use a spinal brace for six weeks.
One woman had lacerations and a fracture.
Defence solicitor Aaron Sellentin said Jensen worked as a farmhand at his family's property and casually at a Mt Ossa store.
He said Jensen had been "somewhat distraught" after the crash and had entered an early plea of guilty.
Mr Sellentin provided a reference from Jensen's grandfather, indicating that he might not be employed as a farmhand if he lost his drivers licence.
Magistrate Nerida Wilson adjourned the matter, allowing Jensen eight weeks to complete a defensive driving course before receiving a sentence.