A woman who'd been drink driving and texting has been jailed for at least two years for ploughing into four Hong Kong tourists in Sydney leaving them with significant injuries.
The holidaymakers - a couple, a four-year-old girl and another relative - were due to fly home the day after the collision at Kellyville in mid-September.
Lisa Mottram, who had been so drunk at a pub earlier in the night that she walked into a pole, crashed into the four pedestrians before 9.30pm on September 16.
The estranged wife of former Parramatta Eels chief executive Denis Fitzgerald wept on Friday in the Parramatta District Court as she was jailed for four years with a non-parole period of two years.
Mottram showed a "high level of moral culpability" when she drove into Kei Cheung Tang, 45, his wife Man Pui Chan, 44, the four-year-old and Tang's 55-year-old sister, Sui Yin, Judge Justin Smith said.
They had been sightseeing in the city before catching a bus back to Kellyville where they were staying at a friend's house.
The girl suffered bleeding in both hemispheres of her brain, a collapsed lung, and ongoing seizures.
When discharged from hospital on November 6 - so the family could return to Hong Kong - she was in a "minimally conscious state" but not responsive to voice or visual input.
The three adults were also hospitalised, with doctors concluding Sui Yin Tang is unlikely to regain significant function of her lower limbs.
Mottram recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.113 two hours after the collision and later told police she had set out to buy a pack of cigarettes from a shop on Hezlett Road.
The 51-year-old former hairdresser had been drinking at The Fiddler in northwest Sydney since 3pm with CCTV showing her staggering through the pub and walking into a pole at 6.37pm.
About five minutes later, a friend drove Mottram home to Winning Street in Kellyville.
She then left home at 9.19pm to make a 29-minute drive to meet a companion, whom she had been texting throughout the afternoon, in South Windsor.
After twice swerving and correcting her vehicle, Mottram collided with the Hong Kong family on Hezlett Road, leaving them all unconscious.
She had been texting while driving moments before the collision.
Judge Smith said that while Mottram had suffered mental health problems following the breakdown of her marriage with Mr Fitzgerald in 2017, "that does not lessen her moral culpability in any way."
"Drinking excessively is not a crime," Judge Smith told the court.
"It was the decision to drive while intoxicated, text while driving and continue to do so even after swerving that lie at the heart of her culpability."
Mottram was convicted of two counts of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and two counts of causing actual bodily harm by misconduct.
She'll be eligible for parole in late-November 2021.