Teen girls tell court how they witnessed double fatality
A FUN sleepover for a group of young friends turned to tragedy when four girls witnessed a double fatality that claimed the life of their friend.
In video evidence before a District Court jury in Mackay, a girl told how she and her girlfriends were waiting on the side of Peak Downs Hwy for their friend, Matt, to arrive with his mother, when a green ute struck his car as it began to turn into a driveway.
"She (a friend) yelled out for us to run... I remember feeling the glass from the cars hitting the back of my neck and my legs," she said.
"We were talking to Matt on Facebook. He was playing with the new puppies and bored and we said to come over. We talked to him on the phone. He said I'll be there soon."
Matthew Glennon, 14, and his mother Lardeen "Larnie" Glennon, 41, died as a result of the injuries suffered in the crash.
More than 3½ years after the tragedy Adam James Wisley, 27, has gone on trial charged with the dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing their deaths at Greenmount on September 25, 2011.
The Crown alleges Wisley's manoeuvre in overtaking other vehicles was dangerous driving. Wisley is pleading not guilty.
Witness Gary Grinter was driving west on the Peak Downs Hwy when cars in front slowed, causing him to slow.
Mr Grinter said a car and a green Holden ute overtook him, crossing broken lines on a straight section of the highway. He said he was five or six cars back when he saw the ute collide with a small blue car that was indicating to turn right.
Cross examined by defence barrister Tony Glynn QC, Mr Grinter said the only time he saw the blue Hyundai (driven by Ms Glennon) was as it turned.
Fuel tanker driver Janine Pellicaan said westbound drivers began overtaking "a slow moving white ute" on the straight stretch of road and saw Wisley's ute overtake. She saw him earlier driving safely "at that point".