My life scarred foreever
By DARRYN NUFER
KAREN Hayes, 32, looks in the mirror and sees a very visible scar on her forehead.
She bends down but has trouble getting back up.
She remembers when her three children, aged 7, 10 and 11, had to help her dress, have a shower, and do the house-work.
She didn't cause or deserve the lifechanging car accident which almost killed her.
Since, she has not been able to play her beloved indoor beach volleyball or go horseriding.
Nor has she been able to re-enter the workforce despite trying to find a clerical job which involves sitting ? as she cannot stand for long periods of time.
On May 3, 2003, a meatworker running late for work at Teys Brothers' Biloela abattoir illegally crossed double lines to overtake, reached speeds of between 130 and 140kmh, and lost control of his Holden Commodore, which collided head-on with her vehicle.
Ms Hayes, of Gracemere, required surgery and spent six days in hospital after sustaining a 12cm long laceration to her forehead, severe knee injuries as well as neck and abdominal injuries.
On Thursday, the driver responsible, who had three previous speeding convictions ? the latest just six weeks before the accident ? was jailed for three months.
He cannot obtain a driver's licence for three years.
Yesterday a courageous and inspirational Ms Hayes spoke publicly for the first time, telling The Morning Bulletin about her pain, and frustration at a "pathetic'' justice system.