Woman's death ruled accident
NASEE Webber will always feel responsible for the death of her sister-in-law but a jury yesterday cleared her of any criminal responsibility.
Returning to Rockhampton where Kannika Kahunwong died in a car accident was almost harder for Ms Webber than facing trial accused of causing her death through dangerous driving.
The words “not guilty” yesterday meant more to Ms Webber than just freedom – she can now finally try to move on with her life.
Ms Webber yesterday told The Morning Bulletin she moved to Rockhampton with Ms Kahunwong to start a new life here and took up a job as fruit pickers at Alton Downs.
They were more than just sisters-in-law – they were best friends.
“We’ve known each other for 10 years, I don’t want her to leave me,” Ms Webber said through broken English.
After the horrific accident on January 20, 2007, and spending one month in hospital recovering from her own injuries Ms Webber fled Rockhampton and the memories it held.
“After the accident I couldn’t live here anymore,” she said.
Ms Webber was found not guilty of dangerous driving causing death after a three-day trial in Rockhampton’s District Court.
The court had heard that Ms Webber should have known the car was not safe enough to overtake another vehicle on Ridgelands Road since prior it had “pulled to the left” twice.
Defence barrister Adrian Gundelach successfully argued that no reasonable person would pull to the side of the road and wait for help when there wasn’t a serious problem present.
“That load (of fruit in the back of the utility) must have weighed a lot and that was the real cause of this accident,” Mr Gundelach said.
“It didn’t come out in evidence but it’s just a matter of common sense. This was an accident.”