Unlicensed driver charged after fatal crash at Inverell

An unlicensed driver has been charged following the death of a pregnant woman in a crash on the state’s north earlier this week.

Just before 10.30pm on Sunday (8 March 2020), emergency services were called to Warialda Road, Inverell, after reports a Holden Commodore had crashed into a pole after colliding with a Mazda Bravo.

Officers from New England Police District attended, along with NSW Ambulance paramedics.

The Holden driver, a 22-year-old woman, and passenger, a 20-year-old woman, were seriously injured and treated by paramedics.

The passenger, who was 32 weeks pregnant, was transported to Inverell Airport; however, despite the efforts of paramedics, the woman and baby died prior to being airlifted.

The driver was airlifted to Tamworth Hospital in a stable condition.

The Mazda driver, a 19-year-old man, and passenger, an 18-year-old woman, suffered minor injuries. The driver was taken to Inverell Hospital and underwent mandatory testing.

Officers from the Crash Investigation Unit commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash.

Following inquiries, investigators charged a 22-year-old Tingha woman with eight offences, including:

  • dangerous driving occasioning death – drive manner dangerous,
  • negligent driving (occasioning death),
  • driver never licensed,
  • use light vehicle not comply with tyres standard,
  • use unregistered registrable motor vehicle on road,
  • use uninsured motor vehicle, and
  • use vehicle on road or road related area m/v tax not paid and drive with unrestrained passenger (16 years or older).

The woman appeared before Tamworth Local Court today (Tuesday 10 March 2020), where she was formally refused bail to reappear before the same court on Tuesday 17 March 2020.

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