Geraldton man Hayden Michael Read fighting for life after he was hit by a car and will likely be a paraplegic, court told

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A Geraldton man fighting for his life after he was struck by a car will likely be a paraplegic, a court was told today.

Hayden Michael Read, 32, of Woorree, is in a critical condition at Royal Perth Hospital after he was struck by a blue Holden Barina hatchback in Phelps Street, Beresford, on Tuesday night.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Lauren Cameron told Geraldton Magistrate’s Court the next 48 hours would be critical for Mr Read and if he survived he would likely be a paraplegic.

The woman accused of driving the car, Chanelle Monique Otto, 32, of Geraldton, appeared in court charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm under the influence of alcohol and driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

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She was not required to enter pleas.

Hayden Read is prepared for his flight to Perth by RFDS yesterday.
Camera IconHayden Read is prepared for his flight to Perth by RFDS yesterday. Credit: The Geraldton Guardian

Sgt Cameron told the court she opposed bail because of the serious nature of Mr Read’s injuries and because Ms Otto was at risk of taking her life.

Defence lawyer George Giudice argued that bail should be granted as Ms Otto’s mother and sister would provide support and Ms Otto was employed in Geraldton as an administrative accounts officer.

Magistrate Donna Webb granted bail on a $10,000 personal undertaking and a $10,000 surety, on condition Ms Otto not leave Geraldton without permission of the officer-in-charge, that she not consume alcohol or illegal substances and that she not contact or attempt to make contact with Mr Read.

Ms Otto is expected to make another court appearance tomorrow.

If you or someone you know needs support, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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