Ute had no defects
That was the scene police crash investigator Constable Glen Eastaughffe arrived to early on January 20, 2007, at Alton Downs, near Rockhampton.
Ms Kahunwong, 27, and her sister-in-law Nasee Webber were working as fruit pickers at an Alton Downs property and were on their way to deliver a load to markets in Yeppoon when the crash occurred.
The back of the utility was packed full and high, obscuring the rear vision view.
When Ms Webber, 27, attempted to overtake another vehicle she lost control and rolled a number of times off Ridgelands Road, a court heard yesterday.
Now almost three years after the accident a jury must decide on whether Ms Webber’s driving was “dangerous” and caused Ms Kahunwong’s death.
Yesterday was day two in a Rockhampton District Court trial which Ms Webber has pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving causing death.
Constable Eastaughffe said Ms Webber had no alcohol or drugs in her system at the time, she was not speeding and wasn’t driving in a reckless manner or illegally. She also had no traffic history on her record.
Crown prosecutor Shaun Gordon told the jury evidence would prove that at some point Ms Webber knew the journey was “dangerous” as prior to the crash the utility had pulled sharply to the left twice.
But yesterday defence barrister Adrian Gundelach suggested the load of fruit in the back tray could have caused the sharp pulls.
An expert witness agreed it was a possibility. Constable Eastaughffe said a mechanical inspection of the vehicle was carried out with no defects found.
The trial continues.