Cootes truck driver to stand trial over fatal Mona Vale crash


Shane Anthony Day is charged with dangerous driving.

 

The Cootes Transport driver involved in the fatal crash near Sydney in 2013 has today been committed to stand trial.

Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court ruled there was enough evidence to send the matter to trial.

As the ABC reports, Shane Anthony Day is charged with dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing serious injury.

Day was driving a Cootes Transport tanker at Mona Vale when the vehicle rolled, killing two people and injuring five others.

Day’s defence team argued the vehicle he was driving was defective and had faulty brakes, Nine News reports.

However, the prosecution argued Day was travelling too fast for the conditions and was in too high a gear.

The court was told Day should have been travelling in fourth gear or lower but was sitting in ninth gear, the ABC reports.

"There is clear evidence that the accused was driving in a manner dangerous to the public," magistrate Janet Wahlquist says.

Outside court, defence lawyer Dennis Moralis told the media he hopes evidence will show the truck had defective brakes and they caused the accident.

"This was a truck that should not have been on the roads and Mr Day was not aware of the extent, or at all, of the significant defective brakes," Moralis says.

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