Driver accused of hit and run on little girl faces court

A REPORT regarding whether a woman had consumed illegal drugs before she was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run on a four-year-old girl has been received by police and her defence.

Rakau Williams is accused of hitting the small child and failing to stop near the Byron lighthouse early on February 15. The girl's leg was broken in the incident and she had to undergo surgery.

Williams had been ordered to appear in Lismore Local Court in person on October 7, after letters sent by the court to the address she was bailed to were returned "not at this address".

The 27-year-old faces six charges over the incident including dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving causing grievous bodily harm, and failing to stop and assist after an impact causing grievous bodily harm and aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm while under the influence of a drug or drugs.

The charges were laid after police located a blue Tasmanian registered Volvo sedan in Byron Bay on the day of the incident. They allege Williams had been driving it.

The New Zealand national was ordered to surrender her passport when she was granted conditional bail and had contacted her solicitor.

Yesterday Lismore Local Court heard solicitor Ian McKay had written to the court requesting to have the matter relisted, and excusing her appearance.

When Magistrate David Heilpern asked solicitor Tom Ivey what was happening with the plea, Mr Ivey said: "We now have the pharmacologist report and we will be having a conference with Ms Williams."

Mr Heilpern said a plea must be entered to the charges at her next appearance.

He adjourned the matter until October 21 and continued Williams's bail.



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