Woman behind wheel of fatal crash loses bail bid
A VICTORIAN woman involved in a fatal car crash near Stanthorpe will remain behind bars until her trial after her bid for freedom was rejected.
The woman's bail application was heard on Thursday in the Brisbane Supreme Court.
Bronya Schoner, 36, has been charged with dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm over a crash at the intersection of Whiskey Gully Rd and the New England Hwy in February this year.
The crash claimed the life of a Tenterfield mother and left her two daughters seriously injured.
Crown Prosecutor Dennis Kinsella said the application was opposed based solely on her shocking traffic history which spanned three states.
"At the time of the incident she was driving while on a suspended licence," he said.
"There has been four occasions when she was subjected to a court order in relation to driving and she simply thumbed her nose at them on all occasions.
"She has shown on countless occasions a total disregard for the law, road rules or the safety of other motorists."
Defence barrister Andrew Boe told the court his client had a belligerent personality at times, but she understood the serious nature of the charges she faced.
"There is certainly doubt over her culpability based on witness statements along with no evidence of speeding or alcohol involvement," he said.
"She knows her driving has killed someone and has shown extreme remorse.
"She understands that if she gets behind the wheel if granted bail then that would be definitely spell the end of her liberty."
Justice Peter Applegarth said in denying Schoner's freedom there was too much of a risk to the community that she might be tempted to get behind the wheel, especially if things in her life started to go wrong.
"It would appear fatigue played a significant part in this incident after driving from Victoria to Queensland to visit her former partner," he said.
"The real risk that I can see is the chance she will get behind the wheel and put herself and the public in danger.
"I am not satisfied the risk of re-offending can be reduced in anyway even if I was to impose extremely stringent conditions on her."