News

Backpacker accused of causing fatal crash denied bail

THE Hong Kong backpacker accused of causing a crash that killed two men has been denied bail due to the strength of the prosecution case.
THE Hong Kong backpacker accused of causing a crash that killed two men has been denied bail due to the strength of the prosecution case.

THE Hong Kong backpacker accused of causing a crash that killed two men has been denied bail due to the strength of the prosecution case.

Pui Shan Rachel Wong, 30, made an application for bail in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday, the day after she was arrested in relation to the fatal crash at Pine Creek on Thursday last week.

She is facing one charge of dangerous driving causing death.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Vicki Kennedy-Grills said Wong allegedly crossed double lines to overtake a car while driving from Bundaberg to Childers, between 5.45am and 6am.

Snr Const Grills said soon after, Wong allegedly crossed double lines again to overtake a truck, with no vision of the oncoming traffic, and smashed head-on into a Ford Festiva carrying 51-year-old Mark Smith and 42-year-old Steven Maher.

"The speed of the vehicle has not been determined," she said.

Snr Const Grills said the prosecution opposed Wong's bail as she was an unacceptable risk of failing to appear and would "endanger the safety and welfare of the community".

"The defendant is an international tourist with no known ties to the country," she said.

Wong's lawyer, Amy Soong, who travelled from Brisbane for the hearing, said her client was on a working holiday visa that was valid until June next year.

Ms Soong said her client was prepared to enter into strict bail conditions and would surrender her passport, report frequently to police and live with a friend at a Thabeban address.

But that friend was the passenger in the car with Wong at the time of the crash and could potentially be called upon as a witness.

"My concern is it is a very strong case," Magistrate Deb Vasta said.

"I understand you are willing to give us your passport and also to report twice a week."

Despite Miss Wong having had no previous criminal history, Mrs Vasta denied the woman bail.

"My concern is it is a very strong case and the risk of flight is too great for me to allow you to be out on bail," she said.

"It is a very serious offence to drive in a manner in which two people died.

"I do refuse bail due to the strength of the case and that you will ultimately serve a term of imprisonment."

Ms Soong had concerns her client could possibly wait a year on remand before the matter was heard in the Bundaberg District Court.

But Mrs Vasta said as the case was so strong that it most likely could be heard in the next court sittings, scheduled for November.

Wong has been remanded in custody, to reappear on October 16.

Topics:  backpacker court crash



How to do Eat Street the right way

EVERYTHING you need to know to get the most out of your Eat Street experience and to avoid a food coma when you’re only one stall deep.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

TriCare story has union concerned for patients

TriCare Bundaberg Aged Care Residence.

Union calls for more aged care staff

Truscott calls for staffing ratios at aged care facilities

Dr Jane Truscott.

"We owe it to our older citizens to look after them”

Local Partners

Un-American tale makes Lion weakest link in Oscars line-up

PSYCHOLOGY researchers find US films and actors most likely to win accolades at the Oscars.

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

Chris Cheney of The Living End stars in the Australian production of Green Days musical American Idiot at Brisbane's QPAC Theatre.

TAKE a look behind the scenes of Green Day's American Idiot musical

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

Live performance of Sci-fi classic to open Science Festival

Qld Symphony Orchestra perform live to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Festival will host A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Former Family Matters stare accused of child abuse

Reginald VelJohnson, left, and Darius McCrary arrive at the TV Land Awards on Sunday, April 19, 2009 in Universal City, Calif.

Darius McCrary has been accused of child abuse

Bindi Irwin's birthday tribute to her dad

Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin has paid tribute to her dad on his 55th birthday

The trick homeowners are using to buy more properties

Chantelle Subritzky leaves her home each week for Airbnb guests.

Queenslanders are going down this path to help pay their mortgages

Stunning home blends South Pacific beauty with Orient style

Immaculate residence with two outdoor living areas

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!