INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Police at the scene of the crash that killed three people at the intersection of McDonalds Bridge Rd and Martins Rd on Tuesday.
INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Police at the scene of the crash that killed three people at the intersection of McDonalds Bridge Rd and Martins Rd on Tuesday. Cathy Adams

Prison authorities put Dyraaba crash driver on suicide watch

THE disqualified driver of a car that crashed into a parked Mazda hatch, killing a man and his two children at Dyraaba on Tuesday, has been put on suicide watch.

Malcolm Harris's solicitor told Lismore Local Court yesterday her client had told her he was considering killing himself.

She asked Harris, 36 of Kyogle, be put on suicide watch, which Corrective Services confirmed had already been done.

Magistrate R Denes told the court there was a note on the case file indicating that there was the potential of additional charges being laid against Harris. He currently faces a charge of driving while disqualified. He has not applied for bail and remains in custody.

Defence solicitor Ms Maranga asked for a six-week adjournment on the case, indicating Harris could appear by video link for his next appearance.

Sgt Wiles asked the court for an eight-week adjournment so police could progress the case.

"We are waiting on blood and urine results," he said.

Ms Denes adjourned Harris's matter until August 6 at Lismore Local Court.

Harris will appear by video link on that date.

Ms Maranga requested her client receive medical treatment for injuries sustained in the crash.

Police are appealing to any witnesses to phone the North Coast Crash Unit on 6681 8618 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

They are particularly keen to talk to anyone who drove along McDonald's Bridge Rd past Martins Rd either before or after the crash, which happened at  8.10am on Tuesday.


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