A PIZZA delivery driver who wiped out a motorbike rider, causing him to somersault through the air and break multiple bones, told police he simply didn’t see the man.
The victim of the August 10 incident spent weeks in hospital after the Union Road crash and says he is still barely able to walk.
Kodi David Grandville Callesen, 19, appeared before Albury Local Court on Tuesday, charged with negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.
He elected to undertake a traffic offender program before he returns for sentence on April 2, with magistrate Imad Abdul-Karim noting he didn’t have a great driving record.
Callesen had left Sugar Shack Pizza on Union Road about 7.50pm for a delivery, travelling east.
As he turned into Calimo Street, he cut off the oncoming motorbike rider, causing him to flip through the air, land on his legs and fall.
The rider was taken away by paramedics with a broken pelvis, broken foot and cut knee, which left him in hospital undergoing treatment for about three weeks.
Callesen had been driving his girlfriend’s black Mazda 2, and both the vehicle and motorbike were extensively damaged.
The 19-year-old was charged with three offences, but two were dropped in court.
“The offence is serious … it resulted in serious injury to another person,” the magistrate said.
“Your driving record is not terrible, but it’s not very good.”
The motorbike rider recently took to social media to speak about the impact of the crash.
“It’s been almost half a year ago and I’m still on crutches barely able to walk,” he said.
“I’m looking for people who assisted me to express my thank(s) to them.”
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