Dorrigo drivers' charges upgraded
POLICE have laid further charges over two fatal car accidents at Dorrigo last month.
Danny O’Brien, 26, of Deervale, was initially charged with dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm and this has now been upgraded to dangerous driving causing death.
O’Brien was charged following a smash west of Dorrigo on May 15 which claimed the life of Dorrigo woman Joyce Whiddon, 66.
Ms Whiddon was driving her Honda Jazz west on Waterfall Way about 10km west of Dorrigo at 9.50am when an oncoming Ford ute crossed to the wrong side of the road.
Both drivers were trapped in their wrecks and Ms Whiddon was taken with serious injuries to Coffs Harbour Health Campus. She died two days later.
Meanwhile, Dorrigo man Daniel Madden, 24, was initially charged with dangerous driving causing death after an accident in Dorrigo the same day which killed Dorrigo woman Carol Miller, 31.
Madden has had his charge upgraded to aggravated dangerous driving causing death and he has been further charged with high-range drink-driving.
Ms Miller died as she reversed her Hyundai Excel into a parking spot in Dorrigo’s town centre shortly before midnight. Police believe her vehicle was almost stationary or had stopped when hit from behind by a Nissan Skyline.
Madden sustained chest injuries and was taken to Coffs Harbour hospital.
Both men appeared in Coffs Harbour Local Court on Wednesday and will reappear on August 10.