Woman charged over deaths
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.