Accused driver appears via video
THE man accused of causing the Pacific Highway crash which claimed the life of an off-duty police officer yesterday appeared in Grafton Local Court via audio visual link for a bail hearing.
Mark Bombardieri, 20, of Chevron Island in Queensland, was facing charges of aggravated dangerous driving occasioning death while escaping pursuit, and dangerous driving occasioning death.
Police evidence tendered to court said Bombardieri was pursued by police on August 12 after being detected travelling at high speeds along the Pacific Highway.
In the act of evading police, he allegedly drove onto the wrong side of the road, forcing an oncoming vehicle to swerve.
Police evidence said the driver of the vehicle, Tweed Heads police officer David McCormack, overcorrected and his vehicle spun into oncoming traffic, crashing head-on with a semi-trailer.
Defence solicitor Paul O'Connor yesterday told court there was 'no fresh material' to present since the case was initially heard on August 13, however, he requested that Bombardieri be allowed to appear in person when he faces Grafton Local Court on November 5.
He said he planned to present further material on that date.