You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

No jail for Chinese man over WA crash

AAP logoAAP 2/08/2016

A Chinese national who caused a car crash that left a West Australian man in a wheelchair has been consoled by his victim in court after kneeling at his feet and weeping.

Qingwei Li, 35, was spared a prison sentence after injuring four people in a crash on Indian Ocean Drive, north of Perth, in February this year.

The most severely injured victim was Simon Treloar, who was present in court in a wheelchair, has required six operations and whose future remains uncertain, the West Australian District Court heard on Tuesday.

Judge Simon Stone said the fact Li did not understand Australian road rules explained, but did not excuse, his actions.

"I am not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that your actions were deliberate in the sense that you deliberately chose to disregard the rules of the road and deliberately take a risk," Judge Stone said.

"Rather, it seems to me that you were unfamiliar with our traffic rules, although you should be familiar with them.

"You pulled out at a time when you should not have because of the road rules and you then continued driving on the wrong side of the road at a time when you should have appreciated that a blind right hand bend was coming up and you couldn't see around it."

Judge Stone accepted Li was genuinely remorseful, was a low risk of reoffending and had victim empathy, but said general deterrence was also a consideration.

Li was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for 12 months.

He was also fined $7000 and banned from driving for two years.

The father-of-one rushed to Mr Treloar as soon as he was released from the dock, shook the victim's hand and bowed, then knelt at his feet crying.

Mr Treloar could be heard telling Li "it's all right" and patted him on the back.

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon