Long wait for fatal smash hearing

FAMILY and friends of the late Craig Hasted and the young man accused of causing his death will have to wait at least another four months before they will get any sort of closure.

Mr Hasted was killed when his motorbike collided with a Hilux ute at the intersection of Lawson and Eel Creek roads west of Gympie on May 7, 2009.

The driver of the ute was Joshua Mackay, then a 17-year-old P-plater, accompanied by his father in the passenger seat.

He was charged with dangerous driving causing death and was brought before Gympie Magistrates Court yesterday for a committal hearing. However, the matter was adjourned until July 20 after a full day of evidence from witnesses in Gympie Magistrates Court yesterday.

Appearing for the defendant was Barrister Peter Davis Senior Counsel, instructed by Terry O’Gorman of Robertson O’Gormon Solicitors.

In cross examination of witnesses, it was established the accident happened at twilight in an area that would be pitch black at night.

Mr Hasted was heading west on Eel Creek Road and the ute was entering the road from Lawson Road when the smash happened. Gympie Police investigating officer Sergeant Vic Tipman said Mr Hasted hit his head on the ute’s bonnet which led him to believe that speed was not an issue.

Questions were raised about whether or not the headlight was working on the motorbike before impact, as Mr Mackay and his father remembered seeing a light, but had thought the vehicle was much further away.

Forensic investigator Senior Sergeant Andrew Stanley said he had been unable to determine whether the burn out of the light bulb occurred before or after the accident but was able to confirm the high beam was not on at the time, and the parker light was.

The court heard there were low levels of tetra hydrocannabinol (THC) in Mr Hasted’s blood, however it was not established when he had last smoked cannabis or whether he was a regular or occasional user.

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