NZ man in court for fatal accident

A NEW Zealand man charged with causing a fatal accident on the Pacific Highway, which claimed the life of a Macksville man last year, has been granted conditional bail ahead of his next court appearance.

David Wong, 56, has surrendered his passport and put up a $20,000 surety, while his case plays out in the Coffs Harbour Local Court.

Given he resides outside of Australia, he has been required by law to do so after earlier being granted conditional bail.

Wong is facing two charges of dangerous driving occasioning death and dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.

Police will allege a dangerous act of driving on his part caused the tragic accident at Valla on October 11 at 1.20pm.

Road crash investigations will be tabled in court on a later date explaining how a north bound Mitsubishi Lancer collided head-on with a Ford Ghia on that Sunday afternoon.

Macksville father Anthony Kevin Peninton, 38, was killed in the accident while members of his family, two women aged 25 and 29 and two young children, an eight-year-old girl and a six-year-old boy suffered life threatening critical injuries.

Wong’s wife, who was a passenger in his vehicle, also suffered spinal injuries and was airlifted to a Sydney hospital.

Represented in court again yesterday, the accused is yet to enter a plea on the two charges.

He is due to reappear on May 25.

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