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Driver s distress at death of baby Nate
Nate Dunbar

The female driver who killed eight-month-old Nate Dunbar after she crashed into his Merriwa home has said she will spend the rest of her life trying to atone for the unbearable suffering she had caused his family.

Melissa Ann Waters today appeared for the first time in court on a charge of dangerous driving causing death laid after the fatal crash in which her Toyota HiLux utility ploughed into Nate's bedroom on January 25.

Nate had been sleeping in the room when the wall caved in, resulting in his death.

Neighbours at the time described how Nate's family were frantically calling an ambulance in the aftermath of the tragedy while the driver was screaming in distress.

Today, outside the Joondalup Magistrate's Court, Ms Waters made a statement that was issued by her lawyer Peter Ash.

"I have caused the death of an innocent child and unbearable suffering to those who loved and cared for him," it said.

"Sorry is not enough. I wish I could change places with him but I can't."

"I will spend the balance of my life in an attempt to atone for the pain and loss I have caused," she said in the statement.

The court heard that Ms Waters had been charged with dangerous driving causing death and driving under the influence of alcohol to the extent that she was incapable of having proper control of a vehicle.

Mr Ash told the court his client was not ready to enter a plea but was admitting causation.

An issue remained, however, as to whether she would admit all elements of the offence.

It is understood the issue would relate to the extent of intoxication being alleged.

Ms Waters had her bail extended and will reappear in court in April.