UPDATE: A Perth mother has described trying to rescue her baby son from under the car of a drunk driver who lost control and crashed into their home.
Stacy Dunbar today gave the tragic account as she read her victim impact statement to the District Court where the driver, Melissa Ann Waters, was jailed for three years and eight months.
Recounting the moment a drunk Ms Waters ploughed her speeding Toyota Hilux into their Merriwa home about 2.30am on January 25 this year, she described how the scene of her eight-month-old son Nate trapped under the car would haunt her family forever.
The Dunbars' other son, Kai, had been trapped in his bed in the same bedroom where the car crashed through the wall, enduring the terrible sight of his baby brother passing away.
"I have flashbacks to the moment when the car came crashing through," Mrs Dunbar said. "I could see my baby under the vehicle's wheels."
"There just isn't a word to describe this type of hurt."
Mrs Dunbar said she had never in her wildest dreams believed that when she put her baby to bed the night before that it was the last time she would see him alive, waking hours later to what sounded like an explosion.
"Nate died in the safest place in the world. In his cot, in his bedroom in his home," she said.
Her husband Justin had collapsed with grief at the scene and her seven year old now had counselling to deal with the horror of seeing his brother die.
"Seeing my son at the funeral home in his tiny little coffin was excruciating," Mrs Dunbar said.
Outside court, Mrs Dunbar issued a heartfelt but firm plea to others not to drink and drive.
“Drinking and driving is a choice - a very selfish and arrogant choice,” Mrs Dunbar told media outside court.
“No one forces you to put your keys in the ignition after drinking and the reasons people choose to drink and drive are always selfish.
"There is no adult in Australia that doesn’t know the potential consequences. There is never a reason to justify drink driving.
“I think the hardest part of standing here today is knowing that I will not be the last mother standing here pleading for people to stop drinking and driving.
“That means someone sitting on the couch right now watching me make this speech is going to be here, knowing the pain and hurt I feel every day all because somebody else sitting on the couch right now hasn’t listened to a word I have said.”
All drivers knew the possible and tragic ramifications and there was no excuse for not planning ahead, catching cabs or organising alternatives, she said.
The court heard that Ms Waters, a 35-year-old mother of three, had been celebrating the first night off in nine days from her role at a sports club when she made the fateful decision to drive that night.
Friends at the home where she was drinking had tried to stop her driving, hiding her keys. But she later found them and began the journey home.
She had a blood alcohol level of about 0.17 per cent and was driving seven or more kilometres over the 70km/h limit when she lost control of the car.
Her defence lawyer today told the court she had always been responsible before, it was, tragically, the one time she wasn't that resulted in such terrible consequences.
She felt great remorse, with the court told she had to be sedated. She was now depressed and had post traumatic stress disorder, the court was told, as well has an aversion to seeing infants because it reminded her of the loss and grief she caused the Dunbar family.
Ironically, her only prior conviction was as a nineteen-year-old for trying to pervert justice by trying to take the rap for a friend who had crashed after driving with alcohol in their system.
Since the fatal crash, Ms Waters had not consumed alcohol and had stopped driving, the court heard.
Judge Anthony Derrick noted that a jail term would have sad and devastating consequences for her family, who aswell as fearing she would self harm now risked losing their family home because of diminished income.
But her crime was just too serious to allow a suspended jail term, he said, with Nate's family constantly reliving the tragic scene of his death.
Mrs Waters can apply for parole after serving half the jail term - one year and ten months.