A Kiama man involved in a crash at Appin that seriously injured one of his passengers has been banned from driving for 12 months.
Heyden Leigh Wilson was placed on a good behaviour bond and will be off the road for a year after magistrate Susan McGowan yesterday said the 19-year-old was lucky the outcome of the accident had not been worse.
Wollongong Local Court heard Wilson lost control of his mother's Holden Astra as it rounded a right-hand bend on Wilton Road on the evening of October 5 last year.
The vehicle skidded onto the wrong side of the road, causing Wilson to oversteer in an attempt to get back into his own lane.
The rear of his car hit another vehicle travelling in the opposite direction, the impact throwing the rear-seated passenger out of Wilson's car. The man suffered serious internal injuries that required surgery.
The occupants of the other vehicle, a family of four, suffered minor injuries in the crash.
Facing court yesterday, Wilson pleaded guilty to a single count of negligent driving causing grievous bodily harm.
He said the crash had impacted him not only physically (he too received injuries, although they were not specified in court), but also emotionally, and he had not driven since the incident.
His lawyer, Jeff David, told the court Wilson wasn't speeding at the time, but was simply an inexperienced driver who was unfamiliar with the road and had miscalculated the corner.
However, Ms McGowan largely dismissed the explanation, saying Wilson should have known better.
"You need to use common sense and adapt your driving accordingly," she said.