Here are the opening paragraphs:
A MOTHER and her teenage daughter were killed following a high-speed police chase in Windsor, north-west of Sydney, yesterday.
A blue Mazda RX-8 was travelling west along Windsor Road at high speed when it overtook a highway patrol vehicle at 8.30am.
The vehicle was clocked at more than 170kmh before police gave chase.I read those words and gained the impression that the RX-8 was carrying the two dead women, and I was wondering who was driving - the mother or the daughter. I thought it strange that a 40 year old woman would drive in such a way, or allow her 19 year old daughter to do the same.
You have to read another six paragraphs before discovering that:
The 24-year-old male driver of the Mazda RX-8 was taken to Nepean Hospital in a critical condition with head and chest injuries.
It was only at that point that I worked out that the two women were not in the RX-8.
Is there something wrong with my comprehension abilities at 7am on a Sunday morning, or is the SMH employing people who can't write coherently?