Two car smash injures boy

A TWO-CAR smash in Cooma's suburbs left the vehicles scattered on opposite sides of an intersection on a hill, with injuries to a 4-year-old boy and the subsequent involvement of police, fire and rescue and SES.

It also led to the boy's father to become aggressive at the hospital, distracting staff trying to treat injuries.

Further, it caused both drivers to have drink driving charges brought before Cooma Local Court on January 23.

Gary Douch, 40, of Cooma, faced a high range drink driving charge. He pleaded guilty and was fined $400, disqualified from driving for 16 months, placed a 12-month good behavior bond, and ordered to undergo parole supervision for three months.

Leah Galvin, 28, of Cooma, admitted a mid range drink driving offence and was fined $350 and disqualified from driving for six months.

The accident occurred at the junction of Cromwell and Bligh streets on the evening of October 14 when Mr Douch attempted to turn right into Bligh Street, cutting the corner, colliding with an oncoming vehicle.

In his car were his wife and 4-year-old son. The other vehicle had one occupant.

All four were taken to Cooma Hospital and the boy was later transferred to Canberra Hospital because of serious injuries.

Police evidence was that at the Cooma Hospital he became aggressive, was rambling, was well affected by alcohol, and was unsteady and sluggish.

Later, he returned to the scene of the accident, wanting to retrieve cigarettes and alcohol from his car. He was considered to be hindering police at a crime scene and he was directed to leave.

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