Family’s 21st birthday party ends in horror as a mum is charged with hitting her own daughter with her car while THREE times the drink drive limit before dragging her 100m down the street
- Dale Palmer allegedly got behind the wheel of a Toyota Starlet about 12.40am
- She allegedly hit her 27-year-old daughter Keely Palmer and dragged her body
- The 58-year-old mother was allegedly three times over the blood alcohol limit
- Keely is not well enough to speak to police, but a witness said she cried in pain
A 21st birthday party has ended in disaster after a mother who was three times over the alcohol limit was charged with hitting her daughter with a car and dragging her 100m down the street as she ‘bellowed’ in agony.
Dale Palmer allegedly got behind the wheel of a Toyota Starlet about 12.40am on Sunday near her home in Caringbah, Sydney’s south, after her son Kyle’s birthday do.
She allegedly struck her daughter Keely Palmer and dragged her under the car while she was still conscious, before her mother slammed on the brakes.
Pictured: Keely Palmer, who was allegedly hit and dragged under a car by her own mother
Pictured: Dale Palmer, who allegedly hit her daughter Keely and dragged her 100m under a car
Neighbour Amber Wardrop-Barros told 9 News the 27-year-old was screaming in agony.
‘She was just bellowing, crying, screaming. It was pretty shocking,’ she said.
Emergency workers raced to the scene to find the young woman trapped beneath the vehicle, and worked for more than an hour to free her.
Keely was rushed to St George Hospital in a serious condition with significant leg and arm injuries.
Her 58-year-old mother was subjected to a roadside breath test which allegedly returned a positive result.
She was arrested at the scene and taken to Sutherland Police Station where a breath analysis allegedly returned a reading of 0.0166.
Keely Palmer (right) was rushed to St George Hospital in a serious condition with significant leg and arm injuries
Police have charged Ms Palmer (pictured) with aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and high-range drink driving
Police have charged Ms Palmer with aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and high-range drink driving.
She was granted conditional bail to appear in Sutherland Local Court on Wednesday. Her licence was suspended.
Police Chief Inspector Gary Ford said it is not yet clear how Palmer came to hit her daughter.
‘There was a family gathering at the mother’s house and an incident occurred in a street outside a driveway,’ Insp Ford said.
A 27-year-old woman was rushed to hospital in a critical condition after being hit by a car in Ash Avenue in Caringbah South early on Sunday morning (the street is pictured)
‘The 27-year-old woman is not well enough to be spoken to at this time. She was trapped underneath that vehicle for a little over an hour before emergency services were able to free her.’
One neighbour, Ryan, told The Daily Telegraph he heard music at the property but did not hear any conflict.
At 2.30am, he awoke and saw cops standing out the front.
‘I always see the bloke out the front gardening and the kids always go out on the boat. The woman may have been dropping the kids off and then came back. They seem like a nice family,’ he said.
Police investigations are continuing.