Man on trial over high­way crash

Isis Town and Country - - News - By VANESSA MARSH COURT RE­PORTER

A 42-YEAR-OLD Bund­aberg man has been com­mit­ted to stand trial for a car crash in which his pas­sen­ger lost an eye and her un­born child.

John Christo­pher Webb is charged with dan­ger­ous driv­ing caus­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm while af­fected by al­co­hol, re­lat­ing to a car crash on Novem­ber 12 last year.

At the time of the crash, Webb’s car was fit­ted with a drink-driv­ing in­ter­lock de­vice that stops the ve­hi­cle from be­ing started if the driver has been drink­ing.

Po­lice al­lege a 38-year-old preg­nant woman blew into the in­ter­lock de­vice fit­ted to Webb’s car be­fore get­ting in the pas­sen­ger seat, while Webb’s fa­ther Jeff got in the back seat.

Webb ap­plied for bail dur­ing an ap­pear­ance in Bund­aberg Mag­is­trates Court but with­drew his ap­pli­ca­tion dur­ing po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Sergeant Barry Stevens’ sub­mis­sions op­pos­ing his re­lease.

Sgt Stevens said it was al­leged Webb smashed his red Honda into the back of a trac­tor trav­el­ling on the Isis Hwy.

The pros­e­cu­tor pointed to ev­i­dence given in a state­ment by the driver of the trac­tor, who said she was driv­ing on the far left of the road.

“I was trav­el­ling 55km an hour and heard a large bang and felt the trac­tor push for­ward,” the driver’s state­ment al­leged.

Sgt Stevens pointed to ev­i­dence from a ve­hi­cle in­spec­tor who al­leged there were no me­chan­i­cal is­sues with the ve­hi­cle.

The pros­e­cu­tor said a mo­tor­bike rider had also given ev­i­dence that he had been trav­el­ling about 105kmh when he was al­legedly over­taken by Webb.

“I thought to my­self, ‘Wow, he’s mov­ing’,” the man said in his state­ment.

Sgt Stevens said the mo­tor­bike rider gave ev­i­dence he saw Webb go to over­take the trac­tor be­fore pulling back in be­cause another ve­hi­cle was head­ing to­wards him in the op­po­site lane.

“I ob­served the red car pull back in and (saw) de­bris go­ing fly­ing,” the state­ment read.

When Sgt Stevens be­gan read­ing ev­i­dence from a man who al­leged Webb and his fa­ther were in­tox­i­cated be­fore get­ting in the car, Webb told his lawyer he no longer wanted to ap­ply for bail.

The bail hear­ing was then ended, and Mag­is­trate John Smith com­mit­ted Webb to stand trial in Bund­aberg Dis­trict Court at a date to be set and re­manded him in cus­tody.

PHOTO: MELINDA BRAD­FORD

ISIS CRASH: Emer­gency ser­vices at­tend the scene of a crash on the Isis High­way.

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