GP accused of causing fatal crash

A GENERAL practitioner, accused of causing a fatal accident on the Pacific Highway at Valla, told police his vehicle did not cross the centre lane, despite crash scene investigations indicating it did.

David Wong, 56, a practicing GP at Turangi, New Zealand, has pleaded not guilty to causing the tragic accident on October 11, 2009.

A 38-year-old father from Macksville was killed in the crash, while two young children in the vehicle were also seriously injured.

Recalling the events of that day, Dr Wong explained to police how he and his wife had rented a Mitsubishi Lancer in Sydney during a trip along the east coast.

An odometer check found the couple travelled 636km over three days.

On the morning in question, Dr Wong and his wife had been on a whale watch cruise in Port Macquarie.

With plans to travel on to Coffs Harbour, they set out at noon stopping briefly in Kempsey. At 1.20pm when the head-on accident happened, Dr Wong’s wife was asleep in the passenger seat.

Interviewed just hours after the crash, he explained the moments before the impact.

The accident happened just past the intersection of Burkes Lane and the Pacific Highway. Wong had travelled up an incline, which curves to the left.

He told police he saw a maroon car coming towards him which caused him to swerve to his left.

Police allege, however, there was no physical evidence on the roadway to support this claim.

Instead it’s alleged the accused had partially entered the southbound lane drifting into the path of the oncoming Ford Ghia.

This version of events was supported by witnesses to the crash.

Police allege the Fairmont was unable to avoid a collision with the accused’s Lancer.

The vehicles collided on the front driver’s side in the southbound lane.

The 38-year-old male driver from Macksville died at the scene.

His five-year-old nephew in the car suffered ‘life-threatening’ head injuries and limb fractures and another young passenger suffered a fractured leg.

Dr Wong’s wife was also hospitalised with spinal injuries.

Facing two charges of dangerous driving occasioning death and dangerous driving occasioning actual bodily harm, he has been committed to stand trial in the district court.

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