Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
An American tourist who drove on the wrong side of the road and severely injured a motorcyclist has avoided serving a prison term.
US citizen Elvis Cavcic, 21, was visiting relatives in Adelaide in January when he went for a drive along the Adelaide to Houghton Road.
Cavcic admitted driving on the wrong side until he crashed head-on into a motorcyclist, causing the rider severe and ongoing injuries.
District Court judge Kevin Nicholson said that, while Cavcic's driving was "highly stupid and dangerous", he accepted it was an innocent mistake and there were no aggravated features such as speed, alcohol or drug use.
He suspended Cavcic's 14-month prison term and imposed a two-year good behaviour bond.