75-year-old woman to serve time behind bars

A 75-YEAR-OLD former nurse will serve at least 10 months of a three and a half year prison sentence after crashing her car into a motorbike rider, causing him ongoing injuries.

Cynthia Delight Davis from Kuttabul pleaded guilty to dangerous operations of a vehicle causing grievous bodily harm, driving over the general alcohol limit and failing to remain at the scene and was sentenced in Mackay District Court yesterday.

About 6pm on June 13 2014 when Ms Davis was driving home from the bowls club, that she cut across north bound traffic on the Bruce Hwy at Kuttabul to turn into her driveway.

She failed to indicate, and hit motorbike rider Trent John Naylor who was travelling in the opposite direction. The court heard Ms Davis continued up her driveway, as Mr Naylor lay unconscious on the road.

He was then sent to Townsville Hospital with a serious head injury.

Crown prosecutor Sandra Cupina said father-of-three Trent Naylor had endured an 'emotional rollercoaster' since the crash and had become a 'depressed, frustrated person' because of his head injuries.

Judge Stuart Durward SC said he took Ms Davis' age, the fact she was recovering from cancer and on a 'myriad of medications' into consideration. Ms Davis would be eligible for parole after 10 months, and was disqualified from driving for four years.

"The responsibility for that collision was entirely yours and nobody else's," Judge Durward S.C said.

"His life has changed forever."

After sentencing, Ms Davis addressed the family members of Mr Naylor. "I just wanted to apologise and say sorry for all the pain I've caused," she said.

"There isn't a day goes by that I don't think about what I've done."