A Fairy Meadow father responsible for a car crash that left one of his children with a serious brain injury has wept openly in court during a brief mention of his matter.
The 41-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, sobbed loudly and wiped tears from his eyes as Wollongong District Court judge Paul Conlon fixed a sentencing date of June 20 for an offence of dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm.
Police documents tendered to the court on Friday revealed the man was drug-affected when he got behind the wheel of his Hyundai station wagon on the morning of August 23, 2012 and drove north on Pioneer Road at Towradgi with his two children seated in safety seats mounted in the rear left and middle seats of the car.
At the entrance to the North Dalton Sports Park, the man crossed over double unbroken lines in a bid to overtake a stationary vehicle about to pull into the grounds.
Whilst on the wrong side of the road, his vehicle collided with a Holden travelling in the opposite direction.
The man and both children were trapped in the vehicle and had to be removed by emergency service workers.
The man was flown to Liverpool Hospital with multiple fractures, while both children were airlifted to the Sydney Children's Hospital.
The court heard the oldest child, aged four, suffered a traumatic brain injury. Both the driver of the other vehicle and the man's younger child, aged three, received only minor cuts and abrasions.
Drug and alcohol testing carried out on the man revealed he was affected by cannabis at the time of the crash, with a NSW Police forensic pharmacologist indicating the amount detected "would have impaired" his driving ability.