Woman involved in fatal collision ordered to trial

A STANTHORPE woman, involved in a head-on collision at Braeside in 2010 where an elderly woman later died, has been committed to stand trial.

Tanya Marie Smith, 40, was allegedly driving a Mitsubishi Magna involved in a collision with a Toyota Rav 4 carrying Stanthorpe couple Bruce and Grace Thompson in July 2010.

Mrs Thompson, 75, was airlifted to the Brisbane Royal and Women's Hospital but died from internal injuries before she arrived.

Her 79-year-old husband Bruce survived the crash but remained in hospital for several days.

Two male passengers of the Mitsubishi, aged 17 and 19, were also injured.

Smith spent hours trapped in the wreckage before being freed and airflifted to hospital.

Smith was charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death following an inquest into the crash last year.

The matter was yesterday officially ordered to be heard in the Stanthorpe District Court and Smith was expected to stand trial in July.



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