A woman banned from driving for life after a drunken crash that killed her sister has had her license returned after claiming she needed it to drive her children around.
Candice Lee Chmieluk was drinking at a Gold Coast surf club with her sister Sammy-Jo, 24, when she was involved in a 4WD accident while exceeding the alcohol limit four times in May 2016.
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At the time, Chmieluk was banned from driving for life but a judge on Friday ruled she could get her license back on Monday, March 14 so she could carry her twin daughters. his age traveling around the city, The Gold Coast Bulletin reported.
Candice Chmieluk, who was banned from driving for life after a drunken crash that killed her sister in 2016, has her license returned by a judge
Candice Chmieluk (pictured left) had her driver’s license suspended when she lost control of her 4WD and crashed into a lamppost in Palm Beach on the Gold Coast in 2016; Sammy-Jo’s sister (middle photo) died at the scene
Chmieluk said she also needs to get her permit back to work and earn a better income.
The young woman had her driver’s license suspended when she lost control of her 4WD and crashed into a lamp post in Palm Beach.
Her Jeep was ripped in half and caught fire, along with her sister killed in the collision.
Chmieluk was dragged to safety by bystanders and then the blood alcohol test result was 0.202.
Police also allege she was driving at nearly 100km/h in a 60km area at the time of the crash.
Before the fatal incident, the sisters had been drinking all afternoon at the Currumbin Surf Lifesaving Club.
Last month, Chmieluk applied in Southport District Court to reapply for her license – and on Friday had her request granted by Judge Deborah Holliday.
The judge felt that Chmieluk had exhibited ‘significant changes in character and behavior’ following the tragedy and ‘demonstrated a legitimate intent to obtain a driver’s license.’
Candice Chmieluk was dragged to safety by bystanders and then the blood alcohol test result was 0.202. Photos of the scene of the collision
Candice Chmieluk, a mother of two girls, is committed to being a careful and responsible driver
Chmieluk has also pledged to be a careful and responsible driver and says she is committed to ‘being that person in general.’
She has also attended counseling sessions and completed courses on traffic and alcohol abuse.
A few weeks before her death, Sammy-Jo Chmieluk had moved to the Gold Coast from her family’s Armidale home in northern NSW.
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