Victim breaks silence

By DARRYN NUFER

A ROCKHAMPTON woman has joined a chorus of calls for tougher penalties for perpetrators of serious car accidents. Fifty-eight-year-old Geraldine (last name suppressed to protect her identity on request), a car crash victim herself in 2003, was responding to The Weekend Bulletin's front page story last Saturday.

It featured 32-year-old Gracemere woman Karen Hayes, a victim of a debilitating car accident in 2003, who described the justice system as "pathetic'' and called for it to "start giving stiffer punishment'' after the driver responsible for her pain was last week jailed for three months.

Geraldine: "When I read your story my heart went out to her because there is no justice.''

"I, as well, continue to suffer pain from my accident where a lad was speeding and I suffered a back injury.

"Sometimes when I'm in bed I still hear the explosion of when he hit my car and the windows smashed ? and he got away with a good behaviour bond.''

Geraldine, like Ms Hayes, said the perpetrator had not even attempted to apologise.

She also said she would never have driven again only for family support, which had helped the psychological scars heal. "We pay for the roads we drive on only for these hoons to smash us up and they're allowed to walk free,'' she said.

"I've been suffering in pain silently for too long and this time (after reading the story) I decided I'm not going to shut up.

"Something has to be done.



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