A driver whose car mounted a kerb and struck a mother and her baby in Sydney's inner-west has avoided jail and instead been sentenced to 50 hours of community service.

Bryce James Wayland, 27, of Queenscliff, was last year convicted of negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm after his car struck Emma De Silva and her newborn at St Peters in March 2011.

In sentencing Wayland at the Downing Centre Local Court, magistrate Graeme Curran said Ms De Silva had suffered a range of serious injuries.

"Her life and the lives of those around her have been irrevocably wrecked as a result of her brain injury," he told the court.

But he said Wayland was remorseful about the accident, with the man's parents saying their once "happy, carefree and diligent" son had become withdrawn and depressed.

Wayland had previously told the court the accelerator pedal of his Lexus sedan was caught under the floormat and he swerved to avoid a bus before mounting the kerb and hitting the mother and baby.

Magistrate Curran said he accepted that this had happened and found that Wayland's level of culpability was low.

He sentenced the engineering graduate to a community service order, saying he didn't think a term of imprisonment was appropriate.

Wayland, who suffers from Crohn's disease, also had his drivers' licence suspended for 15-months.

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