Motorist to plead guilty over Geraldton collision that seriously injured pedestrian, says defence

Zoe KeenanGeraldton Guardian
A police officer in Phelps Street, on the day of the incident.
Camera IconA police officer in Phelps Street, on the day of the incident. Credit: The Geraldton Guardian

A woman has indicated she will plead guilty to dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm under the influence of alcohol, after she allegedly hit a man with her car on Phelps Street, Geraldton, on May 19.

Chanelle Monique Otto appeared in Geraldton Magistrate’s Court today to face the charges, but no pleas were entered.

Ms Otto’s lawyer George Giudice said his client intended to plead guilty once he had a response to an email he had previously sent to the prosecution.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Carey Owen said the victim, Hayden Michael Read, was now off life-support and able to talk, but was still in the intensive care unit at Royal Perth Hospital.

Otto will reappear in Geraldton Magistrate’s Court at a later date.

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