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Cobram Police issue crash warning

Local police urge motorists to take care, with criminal charges potentially resulting from road accidents.

ROB HENSON May 15, 2014 3:24am

CBD crash: Emergency services attend to the driver of the vehicle travelling south, as the car travelling east displays damage to its front end.

Police have warned motorists criminal charges can apply for ‘‘serious’’ road collisions after a ‘‘T-bone’’ collision in the Cobram CBD late last week.

About 12.40pm Friday a woman driving a Holden Commodore failed to give way driving east from Market St into High St.

Her vehicle collided into the driver’s side of another Holden Commodore travelling south on High St driven by a woman with a young child in the back seat.

Damage was sustained to both sedans and police, CFA and ambulance were called to the scene as High St was blocked to passing traffic.

The State Emergency Service was also called to open the driver’s side door of the south-travelling vehicle.

Cobram Highway Patrol Acting Sergeant David Cowley said neither speed or alcohol were factors in the collision.

He said the vehicle travelling south was moving about 45km/h and the other vehicle was almost stopped.

‘‘The (car travelling east) was going so slow the airbags didn’t deploy in the car,’’ Acting Serg Cowley said.

He said the driver who failed to give way was given an infringement notice worth $289 and three demerit points.

‘‘Had the accident been more serious, ie. if there were injuries, criminal charges would have been considered,’’ Acting Serg Cowley said.

Potential charges include conduct endangering another person and reckless conduct endangering life, which can carry a term of imprisonment.

‘‘And if there’s culpable driving, with factors of negligence, such as alcohol involved, and someone is killed, they can go straight to jail.”

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