A Warrnambool motorist's momentary lapse of attention left multiple victims with injuries, including blood clots and internal bleeding.
Tammie Fish, 41, was driving east on Timor Street in April last year when she briefly took her eyes off the road in order to change the radio station.
She collided with a stationary vehicle which was shunted into an oncoming vehicle traveling west on Timor Street.
The woman pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court this week to careless driving.
The court heard the collision caused extensive damage to the vehicles and injuries to multiple victims, including internal bleeding and six hematomas to the driver of the stationary vehicle.
That victim also suffered swelling to the left arm, which required physiotherapy.
The court heard the victim also experienced emotional trauma after her vehicle, which belonged to her recently deceased mother, was written off in the crash.
The driver of the third vehicle suffered bruising to the chest, collarbone and stomach, as well as 10 large blood clots and a laceration to her left eyebrow.
A passenger in the third vehicle suffered a fractured right hand, requiring therapy, and bruising across the head and chest.
The court heard it took weeks for the bruising to clear.
Magistrate Jon Klestadt said there were "extraordinarily severe consequences for a momentary lapse of attention".
He said the collision occurred at a great time of stress for the offender, which he did not detail in court.
He said Fish was a nurse in the emergency department and was fully aware of the consequences of her offending.
Fish was convicted and fined $1000.
Mr Klestadt said the maximum penalty for careless driving was about $2000.
He said he would not interfere with the woman's licence.
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