Man turned before head-on crash

A DRIVER who crashed his car into an oncoming vehicle had turned around to speak to a backseat passenger.

Daniel Brett Qualischefski crossed onto the wrong side of Woodend Road at Woodend before smashing head-on onto an oncoming car.

The other driver had beeped his horn before the collision on January 13, and Qualischefski looked up and swerved, but it was too late.

Ipswich Magistrate’s Court heard Qualischefski, 40, admitted to police that he often drove very close to the centre line, and he was talking to two female passengers – his niece and her friend – before the crash.

“Shortly before the crash he looked behind,” prosecutor Sergeant Jo Colston said.

“He sometimes looked at his passengers in the back seat while talking to them.”

Qualischefski pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention.

He was fined $450.

When asked if he had anything to say, Qualischefski said: “It wasn’t a conversation; I plead guilty, but yeah.”

Magistrate Michael Quinn told Qualischefski he was in charge of a dangerous weapon.

“Fortunately there was no injury caused to any person,” Mr Quinn said.

“You must be aware at all times how dangerous that motor vehicle can be.”

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