Driver of the Cootes petrol tanker that crashed in Mona Vale killing two will stand trial over the incident
The man driving a fuel tanker that crashed and exploded into a fireball killing two people in Mona Vale has been committed to stand trial.
Cootes truck driver Shane Anthony Day was involved in a tanker crash on Mona Vale Rd that also injured five others when it burst into flames on October 1, 2013.
The 48-year-old Wagga Wagga man was charged two counts of dangerous driving occasioning death and one count of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.
His defence lawyer told the court last month that faulty brakes caused the crash and not high-speed or dangerous driving as put forward by police investigators.
But Magistrate Janet Wahlquist did not accept this and committed him to stand trial at Downing Centre Local Court today.
“There is clear evidence the accused was driving in a manner dangerous to the public,” she said.
The father-of-two is yet to enter a plea and is due for arraignment on May 15.
A Turramurra man, 73, and a 71-year-old from WA died at the scene.
Their wives were pulled from the burning car and taken to hospital at the time.
Extracted in full from the Herald Sun.