Evidence delayed in court case over fatal crash

EVIDENCE against a Queensland man who was allegedly under the influence of ice and cannabis when he was involved in a fatal crash at Broadwater in July 2015 is still being compiled.

Steven Mark Farquhar appeared at Lismore Local Court yesterday and was represented by barrister Megan Cusack.

Ms Cusack told the court she was acting as an agent for Brisbane lawyer Mr Bruce Peters.

Farquhar, 32, faced 13 charges including dangerous driving occasioning death, three counts of dangerous driving occasioning grevious bodily harm while under the influence, negligent driving occasioning death and negligent driving occasioning grevious bodily harm over the July 7 incident.

It was 9.30am when police allege Farquhar was driving a white Isuzu D-Max south along the Pacific Highway when he collided head on with a white Toyota Kluger, containing five people, which was travelling north.

Saroja Basavaraj, who was in her late 60s and was travelling in the back seat, was killed in the collision.

Lakshmi, Suresh and Shivali Bangalore all suffered serious injuries in the crash, and Sidharth Bangalore was also injured.

Farquhar, from the Brisbane suburb of Bellbird Park, was taken to hospital with fractures to both feet, and mandatory blood tests were conducted.

Police allege Farquhar was under the influence of methylamphetamine and cannabis when the crash occurred.

Ms Cusack asked Magistrate Jeff Linden for orders to be made in relation to the brief of evidence.

Mr Linden ordered the brief of evidence to be served on the defence by May 11.

He adjourned Farquhar's matters until a date in June at Lismore Local Court.

Farquhar is excused from appearing in June if legally represented.



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