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Woman faces sentence on negligent bike crash

Sydney woman Perpetual Dzikunu, 29, has been found guilty of negligent driving after a collision with a motorcycle in Sydney on 1 September 2019.

The 63-year-old male rider suffered a severely injured foot.

Dzikunu appeared in Waverely Local Court on Wednesday (16 October 2019) where she was granted continuing conditional bail.

She will return to court on November 12 for sentencing.

Negligent penalty

The driver could face a $2,200 fine and/or imprisonment for up to nine months if it is a first-time offence.

NSW Police say that about 3pm on September 1 a Toyota Aurion was turning right from a driveway on to King Street, Randwick, when it collided with the motorcycle heading east.

The rider was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital. 

Dzikunu stopped after the crash and spoke with police.

About 7.50pm the following day Dzikunu attended Maroubra Police Station where she was charged with negligent driving.

Driveway crashes

This is yet another incident of a crash where a vehicle is turning into or coming out of a driveway.

Earlier this month a 51-year-old man died when his motorcycle was hit by a 4WD attempting to turn into a driveway in Parkinson, south of Brisbane.

Most accidents happen close to home.

It seems motorists switch off as they get near home, or don’t switch on until they have driven away from home.

Riders should always be switched on.

They should be especially aware when riding in the suburbs or in the country past driveways.

A particularly deadly driveway scenario can occur on country roads where a vehicle slows without indicating.

The following rider assumes the driver is pulling over, so they overtake just as the driver decides to turn across their path into their driveway.

The result can be fatal.

  1. Motorcycles NEVER have the right of way! This mindset prevents you from being dead right. I suppose you could put “I had the right of way” on your tombstone. I’ll stick to prevent

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