Multiple vehicle fatal crash on the Bruce Highway 3 kilometers south of the Caloundra turnoff. The ute that crossed into oncoming traffic. Photo: Che Chapman / Sunshine Coast Daily
Multiple vehicle fatal crash on the Bruce Highway 3 kilometers south of the Caloundra turnoff. The ute that crossed into oncoming traffic. Photo: Che Chapman / Sunshine Coast Daily Che Chapman

The missing seconds before horror Bruce Hwy fatal crash

PAUL Gerard Crimmins can't remember the final seconds before he swerved across the Bruce Hwy and ploughed into an oncoming car in a horror five-car smash that killed a Noosaville man and severely injured three others.

Mr Crimmins had never, in his entire 40-year driving history, earned as much as a speeding ticket, the Maroochydore District Court heard yesterday.

But the retired former banker is accused of dangerous driving causing death and grievous bodily harm after a horror Bruce Hwy crash at Bells Creek on November 27, 2015.

 

ACCUSED: Paul Gerard Crimmins, 59, leaves the Maroochydore Court House, where he is on trial on a charge of dangerous driving causing death and grievous bodily harm.
ACCUSED: Paul Gerard Crimmins, 59, leaves the Maroochydore Court House, where he is on trial on a charge of dangerous driving causing death and grievous bodily harm. Patrick Woods

 

Dashcam footage from Mr Crimmins' vehicle was played in court on Tuesday, detailing the moment the 59-year-old Lennox Head man suddenly veered to the right, across the northbound lanes, through the median strip and into oncoming highway traffic.

The Nissan Patrol collided head-on with a silver Landcruiser, killing driver Graeme Warren and severely injuring his wife Dianne Warren.

Mr Crimmins and his wife Gail Crimmins also sustained severe injuries, and were in hospital for about 28 days and 25 days respectively.

Yesterday Mr Crimmins took the stand to give evidence, and during cross-examination crown prosecutor Mark Whitbread questioned whether Mr Crimmins was drowsy after the long drive from their Lennox Head home.

Mr Crimmins had stopped for several hours at Petrie for lunch, had one light beer and one mid-strength beer, but blood samples taken in hospital after the crash were found to have zero blood alcohol content.

 

Mr Whitbread probed Mr Crimmins on his memories before the crash.

"I've asked myself that a thousand times, I just can't remember," Mr Crimmins told the court from the witness box.

Mrs Crimmins also had difficulty remembering the moments leading up to the crash, and Mrs Warren sustained trauma-induced amnesia, the court heard.

Mr Crimmins has made admissions to causing the crash, but Mr Whitbread told the jury the difficulty was deciding beyond reasonable doubt if Mr Crimmins was driving dangerously.



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