Ipswich woman claims memory loss during multiple accidents

TAUTALA Schultz can't remember how she crashed her silver Barina into another vehicle.

Or how - moments later - she drove into a roadwords sign which knocked over an elderly pedestrian.

Or why she failed to stop at either accident.

The 44-year-old pleaded guilty in Ipswich Magistrates Court to two counts of driving without due care and attention and one count of failing to remain at the scene of an accident.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Trent Voigt said that Schultz had been leaving a car park at a community hall when she drove into a parked Kia Rio.

Witnesses told police the Ipswich woman seemed to be looking at her lap before the head-on collision at Sunshine Beach on October 4.

Sen Const Voigt said Schultz had appeared unaware anything had happened after she crashed her car and immediately drove off.

As she tried to exit the car park, Schultz then reversed into a roadworks sign on the side of the road, which hit a male pedestrian.

The 75-year-old man fell over, fractured his left wrist and sustained bruises and cuts.

Sen Con Voight said Schultz again drove away from the scene and made no attempt to stop and offer assistance to the injured man.

Schultz turned herself into the police the following day when she heard that there may have been an accident and claimed to have no memory of either of the incidents.

Before she got behind the wheel that day, Schultz said she may have consumed about six glasses of champagne and two tablets of prescription medication.

Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said his client was at a loss to explain the events but took responsibility for her actions and had told police what she could.

Mr Fairclough said Schultz was "extremely remorseful".

He noted that there was nothing else in her traffic history to suggest she was a dangerous driver.

Magistrate Barry Cosgrove said that Schultz's behaviour on that day may have been the result of mixing some alcohol with prescribed medication.

Schultz was fined $1200 for all charges.

She was disqualified from driving a vehicle for three months.

Schultz was also ordered to pay $220 compensation to the injured man.

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