Teen, five-year-old escape crash thanks to trusty Festiva
A TEENAGE driver who escaped with just cuts and bruises after a motorcycle crashed into the side of her car has her 21-year-old Ford Festiva to thank for coming out unscathed.
In another stroke of luck, a decision to move a car seat for her five-year-old cousin to the opposite side of the vehicle a week prior may have been the difference between a close call and tragedy.
Ipswich teen Tarlia, 19, said she was driving down Delacy St in North Ipswich on Saturday night about 6.30pm with her young cousin in the back.
"I was at the lights getting ready to turn," she said.
"I had a green light and waited three seconds as I always do, then this motorbike came out of nowhere (from Pine St)."
The bike smashed into the side of her car after Tarlia alleges he drove through a red light.
Her faithful 1999 Ford Festiva was written off after the collision but Tarlia suffered only a few cuts and bruises and her cousin was OK.
"There was glass everywhere," she said.
Police will allege the rider ran away from the scene as his bike lay smashed up on the road.
A piece of the motorbike was found right next to her young cousin's car seat in the wake of the incident.
Tarlia said she was incredibly grateful for other drivers who instantly came to their assistance after the crash.
One man directed traffic away from the crash until emergency services arrived and others rushed to the car.
Harvey's Towing towed the car back to her home for nothing.
"Everyone's focus came on to my myself and my cousin," she said.
"A few guys chased after the (motorcycle rider).
"I'm glad I had an older car. The paramedics said if I had one of the newer cars it would have been a completely different situation.
"The week before we went out to my grandparents' place. My little cousin was kicking me in the head so I moved her seat to the other side of the car.
"(Paramedics) said it would have been a different situation too (if she hadn't been moved)."
A 36-year-old man from Tivoli has been charged with unregistered driving, unlicensed driving, fail to remain at incident and render assistance in relation to the incident.
He will face court on July 31.
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