Fruit picker allegedly on wrong road side before fatal crash

A HONG Kong national who allegedly caused the car crash outside Bundaberg that killed two Hervey Bay men is expected to enter a plea in two weeks via a translator.

Pui Shan Rachel Wong, 31, has been committed to face Brisbane District Court for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death.

In August last year, Hervey Bay men Mark Edward Smith, 51, and Steven Darryl Maher, 42, died in a crash while on their way to Bundaberg for a concreting job at the Mater Hospital.

Ms Wong was travelling to her fruit picking job along Childers Rd when she allegedly overtook a vehicle and continued driving on the wrong side of the road before slamming into an oncoming car.

The case was briefly mentioned in Brisbane District Court on Friday, when the matter was adjourned for two weeks.

The court heard there have been language difficulties between legal representatives and Ms Wong, who requires a Cantonese interpreter.

A conference had been scheduled between Ms Wong and lawyers for Thursday next week (July 2) where a translator will be present, the court heard.

District Court Judge Paul Smith also ordered for a translator to be present at Ms Wong's next court appearance, where she will be officially arraigned and is expected to enter a plea.

She will appear before Brisbane District Court on July 10.

- APN NEWSDESK


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