Injured ignored to attend party
AFTER ploughing into a Toyota Prado in his mother's Holden Commodore at up to 130kmh and seriously injuring the two passengers of the four-wheel-drive, Ayden Joel Platen, 18, went to a party.
While the Toyota rolled several times on the Rockhampton to Yeppoon Rd, Platen drove on.
But the teen and his passenger only got 200m further because one of the Holden's tyres was punctured during the collision.
They then called a friend to come and collect them.
The pair hid in the long grass while other motorists stopped to call emergency services and help the couple, aged in their 50s.
When Platen's friend arrived, she took him and his mate to their intended destination – a birthday party in Rockhampton.
Platen pleaded guilty in the District Court on Thursday to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing grievous bodily harm, and driving a motor vehicle without a licence that fateful Saturday night, May 22, 2010.
The man driving the Toyota received a back and ear injury, while his wife suffered a deep scalp laceration and fractures to her hands, sternum, ribs, spine and foot. Both were admitted to Rockhampton Hospital.
She needed nine operations and spent two months in hospital.
Platen's lawyer, Maree Willey, said he “freaked out” and spent the night at the party talking about the crash and crying.
Ms Willey said her client was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and had suicidal thoughts. His doctor said Platen was remorseful and his reckless driving could be explained as a tendency of people suffering from bipolar disorder to engage in high-risk activities.
Platen was caught speeding twice earlier this year.
Judge Michael Shanahan disqualified him from driving for two years and sentenced him to jail until November 10, 2011.