KOROIT, Australia, April 15 (UPI) -- An Australian driver who pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to dangerous driving after using her phone 44 times prior to hitting a cyclist has been fined $4500 and lost her license for nine months.
Kimberley Davis’ sentence might have been more lenient had it not been for her comments to police officers following the accident.
After she hit the man on the bike, the 21-year-old allegedly told officers that, “I just don’t care.”
Davis also refused to help the biker, who suffered a spinal fracture, after striking him.
“I just don’t care because I’ve already been through a lot of [expletive] and my car is like pretty expensive and now I have to fix it,” Davis reportedly told a police officer. “I’m kind of pissed off that the cyclist has hit the side of my car. I don’t agree that people texting and driving could hit a cyclist. I wasn’t on my phone when I hit the cyclist.”
She called for emergency services to help the rider 51 seconds after receiving a text message.
The cyclist's wife was reportedly upset Davis didn’t lose her license for a longer period of time.