A woman panicked when she fled the scene of a car crash in Bendigo last year, a court has heard.
Amanda Strachan, 28, pleaded guilty in the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court on Monday to leaving the scene of a crash, failing to report a crash, and failing to render assistance, in relation to the incident on June 22 last year.
The other driver involved in the crash was turning from Napier Street onto Nolan Street when his vehicle was struck by Strachan’s car.
Strachan was seen to drive off quickly and stop about 250 metres away, allowing her passenger to get out and remove the bumper bar.
Police visited Strachan’s home after finding a registration plate at the scene of the crash.
She said she was in the process of contacting police, and told them she had panicked and had not been sure whether she should stop because there were “cars everywhere”.
Lawyer Peter Cutting told the court Strachan was in hysterics after the crash, and her then-partner – the passenger in the car – told her to “just go”, a decision she regretted after leaving.
Magistrate Frank Jones convicted and fined Strachan $600, telling her to be careful.
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