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Man loses leg in crash

Constance Dixon was the driver of a car which knocked a motorcycle rider off his Harley-Davidson resulting in his left leg being amputated below the knee.

JOHN Baskett had his left leg amputated below the knee after he was knocked off his Harley-Davidson motorcycle on Glenella Road.

He spent one month in hospital and had to undergo nine months of rehabilitation and physiotherapy.

The loss of the limb has forced the 56-year-old to give up his passion for motorcycling.

With an artificial limb, he cannot control the foot pedals and safely handle the motorcycle.

He’s had to buy an automatic car so he can drive with one foot.

And although the crash happened in July last year, he still feels pain in his leg and can only use his artificial limb for about four hours before he has to rest.

A boilermaker at Farleigh Mill, he has been unable to work for the last 10 months and has not been receiving any welfare benefits, preferring to live on his personal savings.

Mr Baskett was driving south along the road at 4.45pm last July 2, doing about 50 to 60kmh, when Constance Dixon drove out from the driveway of a business.

The front bumper bar of her vehicle was ripped off. The motorcycle ended up about 30 metres down the road, leaving gouge and scratch marks in the bitumen.

When police arrived Ms Dixon was still seated in her car, in shock, and she told officers: “I just didn’t see him.”

There was moderate to heavy traffic flow on the road at the time.

Both the motorcycle and car were seized for mechanical inspection and both were cleared of any defects.

Ms Dixon, 49, pleaded guilty in the Mackay Magistrate’s Court yesterday to driving without due care and attention.

Exhibits included 20 photos of the crash scene, a diagram of the area and aerial photos of the scene.

Sentencing was adjourned to a date in April to allow Ms Dixon to do a defensive-driving course.

Man loses leg in crash