Woman charged over deaths

Herald Sun - - NEWS - CASSIE ZER­VOS

THE driver of a car that Tboned an­other ve­hi­cle in re­gional Vic­to­ria, killing four grand­moth­ers, has been charged with four counts of cul­pa­ble driv­ing caus­ing death.

The Stawell woman, 64, was the sole sur­vivor of the hor­ror smash on Bains Rd, Navarre, on May 5.

All four oc­cu­pants of one of the ve­hi­cles — women aged be­tween 64 and 75 who were on their way home from a line- danc­ing day — died at the scene. Two of the four friends killed were found hold­ing hands.

Elaine Mid­dle­ton, Clau­dia Jack­son, Tess Ely and Dianne Barr, who would “travel around the Earth” to dance, were head­ing home from St Ar­naud.

As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Doug Fryer said the sight of the driver hold­ing her pas­sen­ger’s hand at the scene would “haunt me for some time”.

“The el­derly women had no chance what­so­ever, there was no op­por­tu­nity to take eva­sive ac­tion,” he said.

The 64-year-old Stawell woman driv­ing the other ve­hi­cle has been charged with four counts of cul­pa­ble driv­ing caus­ing death. She was bailed to ap­pear in Bal­larat Mag­is­trates’ Court to­day.

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