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'Not guilty' verdict shatters family of Mark Moreno

Mark Moreno was killed in 2010 in an accident on the Bruce Hwy near Ambrose.
Mark Moreno was killed in 2010 in an accident on the Bruce Hwy near Ambrose.

"DISGUSTED" and left without any sense of closure, Mark Moreno's family stormed out of court yesterday after hearing the two words they didn't want to hear.

Not guilty.

Their son was killed in a horrific crash on September 13, 2010, at Ambrose, 77km south of Rockhampton, on the Bruce Hwy.

His mum Pina Low achingly felt let down by an "unfair" legal system yesterday after the woman who was accused of killing her boy in a head-on collision walked free from the Rockhampton District Court.

Moreno's family yesterday spoke of a young man with so much potential.

Mark was a month out from becoming a diesel mechanic but he was a qualified chef at Palm Coves in Cairns.

"We drove more than 2000kms hoping for justice ... we put up a new memorial where Mark was killed and that's all we can do," mum Pina said.

"He was gentle and he had this cheekiness about him."

Accused of his death was Terressa Ford, who this week stood trial in the Rockhampton District Court for dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death and grievous bodily harm.

After four days of witness testimony, the jury found Ford not guilty of the charge before the court.

Yesterday when the jury delivered the verdict, Ford and her family let out a desperate sigh of relief followed by tears of joy.

The jury's verdict was like a salt rub to a wound for Moreno's family.

The court heard on September 13, Ford's Landcruiser crossed the centre line and collided head-on with Moreno's blue Mazda near Ambrose.

His partner Stacey Lind was a passenger in the car and received serious injuries.

Ford's defence lawyer Danny Ryan told the court his client had a seizure, blacked out for a moment and then snapped back to reality the moment before impact.

Crown Prosecutor Joshua Phillips argued in court Ford simply failed to pay attention to the road.

Mr Phillips made an application to have Ford's licence suspended.

Ford is scheduled to appear in Rockhampton District Court next month.

Topics:  editors picks, fatal accident, magistrates court, rockhampton



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