Crash victim's mum seeks justice
IT’S been almost three years since Sarah Brown died in a tragic road accident, but her mother is still fighting for justice.
Yesterday Elizabeth Simons appealed to Rockhampton’s new top police officer to intervene after the dropping of charges against a man suspected to have been driving the car that crashed, causing Sarah’s death.
She said that after being dragged through the court system for two-and-a-half years, she wasn’t going to give up just because the case had been dismissed last month.
“I’m shocked the charges were dropped,” Ms Simons said.
“How can there be closure? I get the feeling no one cares any more. We basically just have to get on with it.”
Sarah, 23, and Darren Mark Parr, 31, died as a result of injuries from the crash.
A man, 34, was determined to be the likely driver, after an inquest was held in Rockhampton’s Coroner’s Court last year.
The man, who cannot be named, was charged with drink-driving and leaving the scene of an accident with callous disregard for the occupants.
On December 21 all charges against him were dropped through lack of evidence.
The crash occurred on May 6, 2007, after the car lost control on a bend on Barmoya Road, The Caves, and overturned several times.
Sarah and Darren were back-seat passengers.
The driver and the front-seat passenger both suffered from memory loss and could not say which had been driving.
Ms Simons spoke out yesterday after reading in The Morning Bulletin of the new Assistant Commissioner’s plan to reduce our increasing road toll.
“If the police are serious about reducing our road toll, how come they dragged the court case out for two years and when it finally happens the charges are dropped?” she said.
“We just want to know why. We’re just so emotionally shattered. A jury should have got the chance to decide.”
A police prosecutor said the charges were dropped as it would have been difficult to prove the man was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt because of the limited evidence.
Central Queensland’s traffic boss Mike Curtin has agreed to meet with Ms Simons and discuss the case.
Darren’s mother said although she would like to know the truth behind the accident, nothing would bring her son back.
She said they were just coming to terms of another Christmas passing without him and more court cases would only prolong the matter.
While the exact cause of the crash will never be known, a coroner said alcohol, inattention or fatigue could have contributed.