Mate charged after fatal crash



? FORMER Rockhampton football star Troy Anthony White is facing a charge of disqualified driving after the tragic death of a workmate on Valentine's Day.

He was allegedly driving a Nissan utility which rolled on the Fitzroy Development Road about 4.30am on February 14, killing his passenger Garry Starr, 46, of Yeppoon.

The men who lived at the same camp near Middlemount, but worked for different companies, were on their way to a mine site.

It is alleged White told investigators he had swerved to dodge a kangaroo in the lead-up to the fatality.

The 36-year-old miner, of North Rockhampton, was formally charged in the Mackay Magistrate's Court yesterday.

White, who represented Queensland Country and Australian Aboriginal rugby league teams as an outside back while playing in Rockhampton in the 1990s, did not appear in court but wrote a letter asking for his case to be adjourned. His appearance was excused and his case adjourned to March 14. A commemorative service for Mr Starr was held at the Rockhampton Crematorium on February 21.

A poem by Mr Starr to his wife of six years Leonie had won the Capricorn Coast Mirror's 2006 Valentine's Day competition.



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