A drunk driver called a teenager a “c***” and “useless” as a bone stuck through the boy’s leg after the man mowed him down on a rural Queensland road.
“Why did you hit my car? … Look what you’ve f****** done,” Christopher Andrew Wormald, 61, said to the 16-year-old boy as he was stricken with pain on a Mount Isa road in December 2021.
The boy and his 13-year-old brother had been riding their dirtbikes home when Wormald and a passenger in his ute drove towards them from the opposite direction.
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The boys moved to the side of the road and left “plenty of room for (Wormald) to pass”, District Court Judge Tracy Fantin said.
“When you were about 3m away, you swerved to the right, hitting the 16-year-old boy on his motorbike with your front bull bar,” Fantin said.
The court heard Wormald was driving between 30km/h and 50km/h when he hit the boy.
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The impact caused him to be thrown onto the bonnet of Wormald’s ute.
“You did not, at any time, brake or otherwise slow down,” Fantin said.
Wormald reversed and the boy rolled off the bonnet and onto the ground, according to Fantin’s sentencing remarks, published on Monday.
“You yelled out the window, calling him a ‘c***’, and accusing him, saying, ‘Why did you hit my car?’,” the judge said.
“You then got out of the driver’s seat. You continued to chastise or abuse the 16-year-old boy, who was lying on the ground, calling him ‘useless’ and saying, ‘Look what you’ve f****** done’.
“The boy was in significant pain … (A) bone was sticking out through his right knee.”
It was the boy’s younger brother who called triple-0.
The court heard Wormald punched the 13-year-old boy, knocking his glasses off, when he tried to stop him leaving the scene.
“You got into the ute and drove away. As you did so, the 16-year-old boy was still lying on the ground and had to roll out of the way to avoid being run over,” Fantin said.
“You said, laughingly, ‘Ha ha mate. Not going to hit you again’, as you drove past.”
Wormald’s actions showed he had “zero remorse” about running over the boy, the judge said.
‘Very serious ongoing impacts’
The younger boy took Wormald’s licence plate number and police arrested him about an hour-and-a-half later.
He gave a blood-alcohol reading of 0.306 per cent in a breathalyser test. Based on evidence of how much he had consumed in the lead-up to the crash, police accused him of having a blood-alcohol concentration of above 0.1 per cent at the time.
Wormald pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of a vehicle while intoxicated causing grievous bodily and common assault.
Fantin jailed him for four years and nine months, with a non-parole period of 20 months.
However the judge noted the victim’s long-term ordeal from the incident.
He has undergone seven surgeries — and requires more in the future — for a broken femur (upper leg bone), a cut kneecap tendon and cartilage tears.
He suffers “chronic severe pain”, “complete loss of function in his right leg” and “traumatic arthritis to the knee”, Fantin said.
“Very serious ongoing impacts for a young person with his whole life ahead of him,” she said.
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