Driver who hit cyclists on Bruxner Highway pleads guilty

A NORTHERN Rivers man who struck two cyclists on the Bruxner Highway has pleaded guilty to two of his charges.

Casino man Richard David Dunwell, 34, appeared via video link before Lismore Local Court this morning.

Defence solicitor Tom Ivey lodged pleas of guilty to his client's two charges of aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, which stemmed from the incident at Drake on May 19.

DPP prosecutor Peter Woods withdrew two counts of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.

He placed five other charges on a Section 166 certificate, meaning they will not draw a further penalty.

Mr Woods had already withdrawn two counts of causing grievous bodily harm to a person with intent and one count of predatory driving when the matter went before court last month.

Mr Ivey said the matter could proceed to a committal for sentencing, but the court heard his client would dispute a sequence of events tendered by police.

Mr Woods said this related to an account of Dunwell's behaviour on the road before and after the collision.

"The issue goes to the manner of driving prior to the impact of the two cyclists," he said.

Mr Woods said a witness claimed Dunwell swerved toward the cyclists, then back toward the centre of the road.

"If this resulted in death, the charges would be manslaughter," Mr Woods said.

Dunwell did not apply for bail and it was formally refused.

Magistrate David Heilpern adjourned the matter for a sentencing committal before Lismore District Court on February 6.



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