Driver, 18, to face district court

By HELEN JACK

AN 18-year-old driver of a car which crashed in Byron Bay killing four of his mates will face Lismore District Court on September 26.

Paul Morris, Corey New, Mitch Eveleigh and Bryce Wells died when the car in which they were passengers ran off Broken Head Road and crashed.

The driver, who cannot be named because he was 17 years of age at the time of the accident in October last year, is charged with four counts of dangerous driving occasioning death.

During a hearing in the Lismore Children's court yesterday, the youth and his counsel made no defence and entered no plea.

However, they instead made an application to have his case heard in the District court.

In summing up, magistrate Annette Sinclair said there was a case to answer.

"The prosecution shows there is evidence of a young person driving on a country road while it was raining, no street lights and overtaking another vehicle on an 'S' bend over double unbroken lines at a speed between 80 and 140kms an hour," she said.

"He was driving in a manner dangerous."

Magistrate Sinclair found there was a case to answer and committed the youth to the district court for arraignment and to enter a plea.

He was released without bail.

Matthew Callaghan, the stepfather of Paul Morris, said on behalf of the Eveleigh, Wells and New families outside Lismore court they were all delighted with the outcome of the hearing.

"We want due process and the driver tried under law," he told members of the media covering the case. "We are in no way here to support the%driver of the car."



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