4-year-old in intensive care after alleged drunk driver runs down family
A four-year-old remains in intensive care after her family was run down by a driver who was allegedly drunk and texting behind the wheel.
The little girl is in a critical condition with head and internal injuries after she, her mother, father and aunt were struck by a car at Kellyville in Sydney’s north-west.
The adults are also in hospital with a range of injuries.
Just before 9.30pm Sunday evening, emergency crews were called to Hezlett Road at Kellyville following reports four people were struck by a car.
Police say the 50-year-old driver was mid-range drink driving and texting on her phone when she ploughed into the family, who are here on holiday from Hong Kong.
She’s been charged with seven offences and has since been released to appear in Parramatta Local Court in October.
The incident occurred hours before new laws came into effect, lifting the penalty for using a phone while driving from four demerit points to five.
Roads Minister Melinda Pavey tells Ben Fordham the new penalties should make motorists think twice.
“If you’re on a long weekend, or double demerits, your license is virtually gone if you’ve already got another fine.
“It is a strong message that we’re sending.”
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