I did not answer phone: crash GP
Christine Caffrey leaves court. Picture: Ben Crabtree/ The West Australian

The GP accused of talking to her daughter on the phone at the moment she crashed into a Coles delivery driver, who later lost his leg because of the impact, has continued to deny she was distracted at the moment of impact.

Dr Christine Caffrey has been on trial in Perth Magistrate’s Court charged with dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm to Matthew Chapman, the 32 year-old driver who suffered horrendous injuries in the impact.

Prosecutors claim phone records show Dr Caffrey was on the phone at the time or in the seconds before the crash on Vincent Street in Nedlands last August.

But while she did admit today that her phone was ringing at the time, she had not answered it, and was not distracted.

“I was looking at the road, I saw the truck, I put my foot on the brake – there was no other distraction,” Dr Caffrey said.

Under intense cross examination by lawyer Judith Fordham, Ms Caffrey continually denied she was distracted when she rammed into the back of the three-tonne lorry – but could not explain why she had not stopped her car in time to avoid the impact.

At one stage, magistrate Michael Wheeler was forced to intervene, asking Dr Caffrey to answer the questions she was being asked.

When asked directly whether she was on the phone at the time of the crash, she said: “I did not answer the phone.”

The 52 year-old Dalkeith GP said while the road was dark, she did not have her headlights on full beam, and had just seen a large black shape before the crash.

The trial is due to finish today, with the magistrate set to reserve his decision.

The West Australian

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