31 August 2022

Man spared jail over Moruya car crash that broke 14-year-old boy’s leg

| Albert McKnight
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Luke Wiggins, 20, has been sentenced over a crash that broke a young boy’s leg. Photo: File.

A young man has avoided being sent to jail after he was sentenced over a car crash that broke a 14-year-old boy’s leg in Moruya last year.

In August 2022, 20-year-old Luke Wiggins was sentenced to 18 months’ jail, but it will be served via an intensive corrections order (ICO) in the community.

Magistrate Doug Dick told the Batemans Bay Local Court that he was also disqualified from driving for two years and must perform 250 hours of community service work as well as pay $3000 in fines and $10,000 in compensation.

Wiggins was convicted on charges of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, aggravated break and enter, take and drive conveyance without consent, drink-driving and driving with a suspended licence, while other charges were withdrawn.

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He had been charged over a single-vehicle crash in Murray Street, Moruya on 10 August 2021.

The particular details he was convicted on were not immediately clear, but police have earlier alleged a Holden Commodore was stolen from a home on Vulcan Street, Moruya that night.

Officers spotted the car and tried to stop it, but it allegedly drove off in a dangerous way.

Police later found the car had crashed on Murray Street. The alleged driver, then-18-year-old Wiggins, and his 14-year-old passenger were taken out of the car by members of the public and treated by paramedics.

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The young boy had a fractured femur and was taken to Moruya Hospital before being airlifted to hospital in Canberra for more treatment.

An investigation began before Wiggins was arrested in January 2022. He is from Watanobbi, on the NSW Central Coast.

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