A man who caused a head-on collision at St Helens, leaving a mother seriously injuried, has been sentenced.
Zachary James McDonald, 26, pleaded guilty to a number of charges, including failing to appear, fail to keep left, driving while disqualified and failing to stop at the scene of a crash.
Magistrate Simon Brown sentenced the St Helens man to 13 months’ jail and disqualified him from driving for two years.
McDonald fled from the scene of a crash he caused on the Esk Highway, between St Marys and the pass, about 10.15am on November 11.
A 34-year-old St Marys woman and her eight-year-old daughter were the occupants in the other car.
The mother sustained a fractured skull and pelvis, as well as broken ribs, a forearm and ankle.
She required multiple surgeries and will be in hospital for at least five months, with another five months of rehabilitation after she is released.
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McDonald’s lawyer Lucy Flanagan told the court the injuries were awful, but they should have no bearing on the punishment and her client was remorseful.
McDonald fled from the crash scene to his father’s house with his dog and belongings from the car.
Magistrate Brown said in terms of leaving the scene, it was a callous thing to do and the mother suffered “dreadful injuries” as a result of the crash.
The woman had to be cut out of the Corona she was driving and was flown by air ambulance to the Royal Hobart Hospital.
Her daughter was in the rear of the car and was taken to hospital as a precaution.