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Teen on phone caused high-speed highway crash

HIGH-SPEED COLLISION: The crash occurred 2km north of the Eight Mile intersection.
HIGH-SPEED COLLISION: The crash occurred 2km north of the Eight Mile intersection. Jayden Brown

A TEENAGE driver who caused a head-on collision was checking her phone the moment she veered on to the opposite side of the road.

Warwick Magistrates Court heard Brittannie Lee Westhead, 18, looked at her phone as she was driving on the New England Hwy, then drifted across to the other side of the road.

She was headed south when her phone went off.

She checked it, put it down, then checked it again before she drifted onto the opposite side of highway.

She fishtailed momentarily, and attempted to miss an oncoming white car, but hit it.

The head-on collision occurred 2km north of the Eight Mile intersection on June 17 this year.

Both cars were "extensively damaged", with the driver of the second car taken to Warwick hospital with head injuries.

Police prosecutor Ken Wiggan said while the offence was serious, he would be happy to wait for the teen to do a dangerous driving course before sentencing.

Ms Westhead agreed to take part in the course, telling the court she intended to plead guilty.

The case was adjourned to August 8.

Topics:  eight mile intersection new england hwy traffic crash warwick



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