Trial for NZ driver accused of hit-run

A NEW Zealand woman charged with driving under the influence of drugs over the alleged hit-and-run of a four-year-old girl near Byron Bay lighthouse in February will stand trial over the incident.

Rakau Williams appeared in Lismore Local Court yesterday accused of hitting the small child and failing to stop near the Byron lighthouse early on February 15.

The 27-year-old faces six charges over the incident including dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving causing grievous bodily harm, 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.

Police allege Williams was seen driving a blue Tasmania-registered Volvo sedan involved in the impact, which was found in Byron Bay hours after the incident.

The court had previously heard Williams' solicitor Ian McKay had received a pharmacologist report on his client that he needed to discuss with her.

Yesterday prosecutor Ms Grey told the court the Williams' matter was ready for committal.

Williams then pleaded guilty to the charge of failing to stop and assist after a vehicle impact causing grievous bodily harm, and waived her right to a committal hearing.

Magistrate Jeff Linden ordered Williams stand trial in Lismore District Court, in December, on the charge of aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm under the influence of drug or drugs.

Ms Grey then referred four of Williams' related charges to the District Court.



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