Accused knew ute not safe: Crown
NASEE Webber and her sister-in-law Kannika Kahunwong were on their way to sell fruit and vegetables at markets in Yeppoon – but one didn’t survive the journey.
Ms Webber, driving, attempted to overtake another vehicle on Ridgelands Road, Alton Downs, but lost control of her vehicle and it overturned.
Both women were thrown from the white utility. Ms Kahunwong died at the scene.
Ms Webber yesterday faced trial in the Rockhampton District Court charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death from the crash on January 20, 2007.
The Crown case is that Ms Webber knew at some point during the journey that the utility was
Twice prior to the crash it had pulled sharply to the left, but she managed to regain control, the court heard.
Crown prosecutor Shaun Gordon said when Ms Webber attempted to overtake, the utility again pulled to the left, but this time she lost control.
“She knew, or should have known, she couldn’t overtake that vehicle and maintain control,” he said.
“At some point Kannika Kahunwong had asked what was wrong and it crossed her (Ms Webber’s) mind to stop or turn back.
“But none of this happened.”
Ms Webber has pleaded not guilty to the offence.
During the trial the court will hear evidence from investigating police officers, emergency services and the man in the car Ms Webber was trying to overtake.
Mr Gordon said the man noticed the car starting to overtake and saw it rolling. He stopped and assisted.
The trial will continue today.