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‘They don’t believe I’m sorry, that’s just not true’

A woman convicted of running over twin brothers in an early morning collision has apologised to the victims on the eve of her sentencing.

Tracey Pitt, 51, who was found guilty last week of two counts of causing grievous bodily harm by reckless driving, told Supreme Court yesterday that she was “horrified” by the accident.

“It was a painful experience that I will always remember for the rest of my life,” she said. “I'm still very, very sorry for the injuries that Rudolph and Randolph Smith sustained that night. The prosecutor doesn't seem to believe my apology was sincere, but that's not true.

“I have always been concerned about the condition of those two brothers.”

Acting Justice Juan Wolffe adjourned his judgement until this afternoon, remanding Pitt into custody until then.

She told the court that she has kept both of the brothers in her daily prayers, and has repeatedly asked those who knew them about their recovery.

“I'm sorry that all of our lives have been changed by the accident, and I hope that we can pick up the pieces and resume our lives as best we can,” she said.

Pitt was arrested in the early hours of January 29, 2012 after striking the 36-year-old twins on Woodlands Road.

Both brothers told the court that they could not remember the collision itself, but forensic experts testified that they were sitting or laying in the southbound lane of road when they were struck and dragged more than 40ft.

Pitt admitted having two glasses of red wine before the crash but denied being impaired, telling Supreme Court she didn't see the brothers due to glare from the lights of a passing car.

A jury found Pitt not guilty of impaired driving and causing grievous bodily harm by impaired driving, but she was convicted of causing the injuries by reckless driving and refusing a breath test. She has since launched an appeal against her conviction.

At the time of the crash Pitt had been working in the Auditor General's chambers as an assistant auditor general, but was suspended from that post due to the charges.

As her sentencing continued yesterday, prosecutors noted the serious, lasting injuries suffered by the victims while defence lawyer Elizabeth Christopher said the case was on the lowest possible end of the sentencing spectrum.

“It's the lowest I have ever seen before in my life of seeing someone accused, let alone convicted of reckless driving,” Ms Christopher said.

Tracey Pitt, 51, from Devonshire, charged with two counts of causing grievous bodily harm by driving while impaired, is shown entering Supreme Court 3 yesterday. (Photo by Akil Simmons)

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Published September 19, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated September 20, 2013 at 1:24 am)

‘They don’t believe I’m sorry, that’s just not true’

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