Steer crazy as P-plate driver wrecks vehicle
A COFFS HARBOUR teenager remained in a Sydney hospital late yesterday after a horrific smash in Park Beach on Sunday night.
The 19-year-old sustained head injuries, broken ribs, a ruptured spleen and a ruptured diaphragm when he was thrown from the back seat of a Daihatsu Feroza in Ocean Parade at 11pm.
The P-plate driver, a Coffs Harbour man, 20, failed a breath test at the scene and was later charged with x mid-range drink-driving, police said.
He was bailed to appear in Coffs Harbour Local Court on October 8.
Luckily, he escaped injury, as did his front seat passenger, a Coffs Harbour man, 23.
Police believe the car was being driven south near the Prince Street intersection when it veered across the road, slammed into a power pole and rolled on its side.
Residents were jolted from their sleep by the loud bang and rushed outside to investigate, and to help where they could.
Ambulance officers treated the badly injured 19-year-old at the scene and took him to Coffs Harbour Health Campus. He was later flown to Royal North Shore Hospital, where his condition late yesterday was listed as serious but stable.
Local police and accident investigators were at the accident scene again yesterday as their inquiries continued.
The debris which still littered the footpath and the skid marks along the road were tragic reminders of the terrible events from the night before.