Crash driver sped up: police

POLICE claim an 18-year-old woman accelerated as she drove her car through a give way sign at a Bundaberg intersection with the headlights turned off, before hitting another vehicle and killing its passenger.

Kaylah Jodynne Hadwen was denied bail when she faced Bundaberg Magistrates Court after being charged with manslaughter following Queensland's first road fatality of the year on New Year's Day.

Hadwen is accused of causing the death of 34-year-old Bargara man Matt Cooper, while Darren Fraser, 37, suffered serious injuries and remains in hospital, after two cars collided around 8.50pm at the intersection of Branyan and Woondooma Sts.

Hadwen was also charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing grievous bodily harm.

In opposing bail, police prosecutor Barry Stevens told the court a passenger in the car being driven by Hadwen allegedly told police the defendant turned off her headlights and did not slow down as she drove through intersections on Woondooma St in the moments before the crash.

Sgt Stevens said passengers in the vehicle also told police they were "s**tting themselves" and one passenger allegedly said he thought Hadwen was "trying to prove what a cool driver she was".

He said a female passenger told police the defendant "slowed for the first intersection and then accelerated to a point where she (the passenger) felt scared".

Sgt Stevens said the defendant's actions showed a "scant regard for her safety or others" and she had shown "little remorse for the consequences of her actions".

He said initial investigations suggested the defendant's car was travelling at 100kmh in the 50kmh zone when it struck and killed Mr Cooper.

Sgt Stevens told the court the defendant was a risk to herself and the defendant's mother believed she had suicidal tendencies.

Magistrate Aaron Simpson said he was concerned the defendant was a risk to herself and denied her bail.

Hadwen was remanded in custody to appear again on March 5.


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