Mum who ploughed through a traffic light which had been red for 15 seconds – seriously injuring a nine-year-old boy on his birthday along with his dad – is jailed
- Susan Lee from Melbourne was jailed for six months on Thursday after the crash
- Lee was driving her daughter to work when the traffic light changed to red
- Experts say the man was at least 150 metres – and 14.78 seconds – away
- Lee said she hadn’t seen the light change, but her daughter cried out ‘red light’
The traffic light had been red for nearly 15 seconds when Susan Lee ran through it and struck a holidaying father and son.
Lee was driving her daughter to work along Springvale Road when the traffic light changed. Reconstruction experts say he was at least 150 metres – and 14.78 seconds – away.
While Lee claimed she hadn’t noticed the lights changed, or the group of pedestrians crossing, her daughter did and cried out ‘red light’.
The traffic light had been red for nearly 15 seconds when Susan Lee ran through it and struck a holidaying father and son
Lee said there was a car behind her and the road was wet so she didn’t want to stop.
‘My daughter called out ‘Mum there’s someone’ and it was sort of too late,’ she told police after the 2019 collision.
The boy – who turned nine that day – escaped with a fractured arm but his father suffered much more serious injuries including a fractured skull that extended to his spine, complex pelvic fractures and breaks in his shoulder and thigh bones.
He requires emergency surgery to repair an artery in his chest and experienced significant post-operative complications that landed him in intensive care.
The man spent more than two months in hospital in Australia before returning to Hong Kong, where he spent another week in hospital before being released into outpatient rehab.
Unable to work, the man was made redundant and his injuries mean he is now prone to falls and suffers ongoing memory and concentration issues.
County Court Judge Christopher Ryan said the collision had had profound adverse impacts on the man’s life – physically, mentally and professionally.
Judge Ryan said Lee was distressed and remorseful after the crash, but he said it was not a result of momentary inattention
He has also faced added health complications. The man had undergone surgery to remove cancerous tumours before the crash and was regarded as having fully recovered.
But the cancer returned after the man travelled back to Hong Kong and further surgeries to treat the cancer were complicated by the injury-related operations he had undergone.
Judge Ryan said Lee was distressed and remorseful after the crash, but he said it was not a result of momentary inattention.
As well as the six-month prison sentence, he ordered she not drive for 18 months.