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Dyraaba crash driver stays in custody after court hearing

UPDATE, 1pm: THE driver of the Mitsubishi that crashed into a parked Mazda hatch at Dyraaba killing a man and two children on Tuesday has been refused bail.

Malcolm Harris elected not to appear in Lismore Local Court today to answer the charge of driving while disqualified.

Magistrate R Denes refused Harris bail and adjourned his matter until August 6 Lismore Local Court.

ANALYSIS: crime scene investigation officer examines the Mitsubishi Magna involved in a fatal car crash at McDonalds Bridge Rd and Martins Rd at Dyraaba. The driver of the Magna has now been charged with driving while disqualified.
ANALYSIS: crime scene investigation officer examines the Mitsubishi Magna involved in a fatal car crash at McDonalds Bridge Rd and Martins Rd at Dyraaba. The driver of the Magna has now been charged with driving while disqualified. Cathy Adams

June 6

UPDATE 10.15pm: THE driver of the car that crashed into a parked car killing two children and an adult at Dyraaba on Tuesday had been banned from holding a licence until 2030, police have revealed.

The driver, a 36-year-old Kyogle man, is in police custody after being charged with driving while disqualified and is expected to face Lismore Local Court on Thursday morning.

Shaun Zagar, 28, and his children Kaleb, 6, and Zara, 5, were killed on Tuesday morning when a Magna sedan driven by the man crashed into their car as they waited by the side of the road for the school bus.

A 3-year-old girl from the Magna had to be flown to Lismore Base Hospital with multiple fractures while her father and 4-year-old brother were taken to the hospital by road ambulance.

Police said Crash Investigation Unit officers investigating the crash discovered the Kyogle man's licence had been suspended and arrested him at his home this morning.

Officers were still investigating the crash itself and no charges relating to it had been laid.

Police were appealing for information from the community about the crash.

Anyone with information should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or go to the Crime Stoppers website.

A crime scene investigation officer examines a car that was invovled in a fatal car crash at the intersection of McDonalds Bridge Road ans Martins Road at Dyraaba. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star
A crime scene investigation officer examines a car that was invovled in a fatal car crash at the intersection of McDonalds Bridge Road ans Martins Road at Dyraaba. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star Cathy Adams

MAY 4

UPDATE 7.30pm: POLICE have released the names of a man and his two children killed in a two-car crash at Dyraaba, north-west of Casino on Tuesday morning.

Richmond Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Mick Dempsey said 28-year-old Shaun Zagar and his children, Kaleb, six, and Zara, five, died at the scene.

It is believed they were waiting for the school bus when the accident happened.

Insp Dempsey said Mr Zager and his children were parked on the side of Martins Rd near the intersection of McDonalds Bridge Rd when a green Mitsubishi sedan crossed to the wrong side of the road and collided with their blue Mazda hatch.

Insp Dempsey said none of the three were wearing seatbelts at the time.

Police, paramedics, Sextonville and Kyogle RFS units, NSW Fire and Rescue Kyogle brigade, Casino VRA and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter responded to reports of the smash at 8.15am.

When emergency service crews arrived, they found a blue Mazda hatch and a green Mitsubishi sedan, both suffering significant damage, in a roadside paddock.

The occupants of the Mitsubishi, a 57-year-old man, a four-year-old boy and a three-year-old girl were treated at the scene for various non life-threatening injuries.

The girl was airlifted by the rescue helicopter to Lismore Base Hospital in a stable condition suffering a fracture and facial injuries.

The 57-year-old man and the boy were taken to Lismore Base Hospital by road ambulance.

Officers from the Ballina Crash Investigation unit have examined the scene.

Three of the five people killed on NSW roads in the 12 hours from 8:30 pm on Monday were children.

Scene of a crash at Dyraaba where two children and an adult have been killed. Another two children and another adult were also injured in the crash.
Scene of a crash at Dyraaba where two children and an adult have been killed. Another two children and another adult were also injured in the crash.

UPDATE 1.30pm: POLICE believe the man and two children killed in a two car crash at Dyraaba this morning were waiting for a school bus.

Richmond Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Mick Dempsey said the man and two children in a blue Mazda hatch were parked on the side of Martins Rd, near the intersection with McDonalds Bridge Rd, at the time of the incident.

The three locals in the Mazda, who police said were all related, weren't wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

Insp Dempsey said a green Mitsubishi sedan was travelling east on McDonalds Bridge Rd when it crossed to the wrong side of the road and smashed into the Mazda.

Officers from the Ballina Crash Investigation Unit are at the scene trying to piece together how the smash occurred.

A report on the incident will be prepared for the coroner.

The scene at Dyraaba where three people were killed in a crash.
The scene at Dyraaba where three people were killed in a crash.

UPDATE 9.10AM: Three people are confirmed dead following a two car crash at the intersection of Martins Rd and McDonalds Bridge Rd, Dyraaba.

A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said an adult and two children travelling in one of the cars were killed in the serious crash.

The spokeswoman said five ambulances and the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter were called to the incident.

Three passengers in the second car, an adult and two children were injured in the crash.

A three-year-old girl is being airlifted to Lismore Base hospital suffering a fracture and facial injuries.

A four-year-old boy and the adult who was driving the car are being taken by ambulance to Lismore Base Hospital in a stable condition.

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INITIAL REPORT: Emergency services are on their way to a serious accident between two cars at Dyraaba.

The accident occurred at around 8.10am at the intersection of Martins Road and McDonalds Bridge Road.

Supervisor Andy Lawrance of Richmond Local Area Command said that while the emergency services are still on route, it was alleged to be a serious incident.

Topics:  car crash dyraaba fatal westpac life saver rescue helicopter



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