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An hour before the crash, an elderly woman had “a few” drinks before crashing her car into a tree and spoke to the family of the victim of the death of the drunk driver.
Redlands City Council Mayor Karen Williams hit the tree after driving on a highway in Cleveland, east of Brisbane, about 9pm on Thursday.
Less than an hour ago, Cr Williams held a Zoom meeting with the families of Matt Field and Hayley Russell, who were killed by drunk drivers in separate incidents in Queensland.
The mayor has apologised to her for her “misjudgment” but Ms Russell’s mother and road safety advocate Judy Lindsay has now said he did not want anything to do with her.
Ms Lindsay said the mayor told her he wanted to “clean up Redlands” with tougher penalties for drunk drivers.
“He told me in a Zoom meeting that he was very sorry for my daughter’s death, and then within an hour he crashed his car and admitted to drinking,” she added.
Lindsay’s daughter Hayley was 20 years old when she was hit and killed by a drunk driver in 2009.
Williams fought back tears as he appeared before the media, saying he would continue to work with his family and the rest of the community to make roads safer.
She was asked if Saturday’s meeting with the families of drink-driving victims was “meaningless to her”.