Mother’s crash trial date set

DATE SET: The wreckage of the Nissan Pulsar at the scene of the fatal crash on the New England Highway near Willow Tree on the night of August 17, 2015. Photo: NBN NewsA JUDGE has set a date for the trial ofthe Gunnedah mother accused of using drugs before she crashed her car, killing her young daughter.
Nanjing Night Net

The 21-year-old woman cannot be named for legal reasons but remains in custody in a women’s correctional centre on nine charges stemming from a crash near Willow Tree, last year.

During a callover in the Downing Centre District Court in Sydney, Judge Anthony Blackmore set down the trial date for September in Tamworth District Court.

The trial is expected to last five days.

The woman made no application for bail during the callover and it was formally refused.

Crash investigators allege the woman was under the influence of methylamphetamine and cannabis, and had a disqualified licence, when she drove the Nissan Pulsar on August 17, last year, from Tamworth towards the Hunter Valley.

The woman allegedly lost control of the car on the New England Highway, just out of Willow Tree, before the car left the road and crashed.

The impact of the crash killed the woman’s two-year-old daughter and critically injured her toddler son, who was in the back of the car.

The young boy was airlifted to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital but has since been released.

The woman has not formally entered pleas but was committed for trial in May on fourcharges of dangerous driving occasioning the death of her daughter while driving under the influence and also in a manner dangerous, as well causing grievous bodily harm to her son while under the influence and in a manner dangerous.

Another five charges remain before the court.

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