Driver in Julie Bullock case remains in ‘fragile’ state

Legal representatives: Athena Vibert is represented by principal solicitor Patrick Duffy and solicitor Tony Venditti from Duffy Law Group. Picture: Ashleigh Tullis
Legal representatives: Athena Vibert is represented by principal solicitor Patrick Duffy and solicitor Tony Venditti from Duffy Law Group. Picture: Ashleigh Tullis

The driver charged with the dangerous driving resulting in the death of Wilton mother Julie Bullock and her son continues to suffer physical and mental trauma, her lawyer has said outside of court.

Balmoral’s Athena Vibert was represented by principal solicitor Patrick Duffy from Duffy Law Group.

Speaking with the Advertiser outside Picton Local Court on Tuesday, November 14, Mr Duffy said his client was still under medical care.

“In addition to the tragedy [experienced] by the other family, she has also suffered severe physical and mental injury and trauma from the accident,” he said. 

“[Ms Vibert] has told me that not a moment goes by that she does not think about that day [of the accident] and every moment of every day for her is just a struggle to live with the unbearable grief shared by both families.

“She is devastated, fragile and vulnerable.”

The case was listed for mention on Tuesday morning.

Police prosecutor Mark Rollstone told Magistrate McGowan that “crucial pieces of evidence”, including expert reports, had yet to be served on the defence team.

The matter was adjourned for mention again on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

Mrs Bullock, 49, and her seven-year-old son were killed in a head-on car crash on the Hume Highway near Pheasants Nest on Tuesday morning, March 7.

The crash occurred about one kilometre south of the Picton Road turn-off while Mrs Bullock was driving her twins to school.

Mrs Bullock’s daughter was taken to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Her son was taken to Liverpool Hospital but died later that day.