A grandmother has opened up on the moment she fell asleep at the wheel with her step-grandkids in the back of the car, before crossing a busy highway and smashing head-on into a police car in a horrific accident that left them all needing hospital treatment.
Sandra Fisk told 10 Daily she has kept the terrifying police dash cam footage on her phone ever since and forces herself to watch it, ensuring it never happens again and reminding her how lucky she is.
The footage, which aired on 10 News First on Tuesday, shows the family’s car cross over onto the wrong side of the Pacific Highway near Illuka, NSW, on December 18 last year, as Sandra was travelling to Sydney with the kids.
Narrowly missing an oncoming car, the vehicle can then be seen continuing across the highway before smashing head-on into a police car which was stationary on the side of the road.
Sandra told Ten that she now makes sure she watches the harrowing footage regularly, but admitted: “It makes me cry every time.”
She added: “It’s terrible. Not only for myself and the children. But for everybody else. That poor policeman, I could have killed him.”
The retired aged care worker revealed she’d had an interrupted sleep the night before and fell asleep around 30 minutes into her morning journey.
“I felt a black blanket go over my eyes…. and, on impact, I thought, ‘What happened?’ I looked at the windscreen, and the next moment there was a lovely man at the door trying to get me out,” she said on camera.
While Sandra reportedly suffered three broken ribs and some leg injuries, her step-granddaughter was in hospital for four days with minor internal injuries, Ten Daily reports.
Meanwhile, Sandra’s step-grandson was released from hospital the next day and the police officer in the stationary car also suffered minor injuries.
“There is a lesson to be learned,” she added. “Have a good night’s sleep, and if you don’t think you can drive, don’t do it.”
Police reportedly believe the highway patrol car’s crumple-zones may have stopped more serious damage occurring – and even could have saved her life.
Sandra appeared in Maclean Local Court on Tuesday where she reportedly pleaded guilty to charges of negligent driving and failing to properly restrain one of the children in her car. She’s now been ordered to complete a one-day traffic offenders program, before she’s sentenced in June.