A file photo of Robert Davison with a photo of his wife Carol, who died in the two-car collision.
A file photo of Robert Davison with a photo of his wife Carol, who died in the two-car collision.

Driver caused accident: police

ROBERT Keith Davison has al-ready had to deal with the heartbreak of losing his wife, Carol, in a car crash in which he was driving.

But Davison, 65, is now facing police allegations that it was his own dangerous and negligent actions which caused the tragic April 30 two-vehicle collision on Dry Dock Road.

The Tweed Heads Local Court was yesterday told Davison’s barrister, Bruce Snelling, intends to make an application to call Crown witnesses before the court for a committal hearing, which will decide how the case will progress.

Davison has not yet entered pleas, and the court heard the case had been ongoing for at least six weeks, with previous appearances at Tweed and Lismore courts.

Magistrate Michael Dakin expressed his frustration to the Crown prosecutor about the delays, but agreed to adjourn the case until January 11, with the brief of evidence to be served by December 14.

In the aftermath of the incident it was revealed police officers, rather than paramedics, had been forced to conduct frantic CPR as Mrs Davison suffered a cardiac arrest at the scene.

Davison told the Tweed Daily News on June 3 that he was shocked and upset that it took ambulance officers so long to arrive, by which time it was too late for his wife.

“As far as I’m concerned, if she had a heart attack and it took them 20 minutes to get there, well if they got there in 10 minutes it could’ve been a different story and she’d still be alive today,” he said at the time.

He said he could remember little of the crash and only learnt of his wife’s death when he awoke in a hospital intensive care unit.

A spokesman for NSW Ambulance Service said both the Tweed Heads crews had been busy at the time of the crash.

One Tweed Heads vehicle was at a stabbing and the second crew was sent to the case from John Flynn Hospital. The Kingscliff crew was on its way to John Flynn with apatient suffering chest pain at the time of the incident.



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