Young girl hit by drunk driver while walking home from school

A woman has been charged after she hit a school girl while drink-driving on the state’s north coast yesterday.

Just after 4pm, a 9-year-old girl got off a school bus on The Ridgeway, Cumbalum.

The girl attempted to cross the road but was struck by a vehicle travelling east on The Ridgeway, being driven by a 55-year-old woman.


The girl suffered head and chest injuries and remains in Lismore Base Hospital.

The woman underwent a roadside breath test which allegedly provided a positive reading.

She was arrested and taken to Ballina Police Station where she was submitted to a breath analysis that allegedly provided a mid-range reading of 0.103.

The woman has been charged with mid-range PCA, and has had her licence suspended.

She was given conditional bail and will appear in Ballina Local Court on 31 March 2016.

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