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Charges laid after death of woman, unborn child in crash


The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service was called to the scene of the crash on Sunday.

After the tragic death of a woman and her unborn child, police have charged an unlicensed driver.


Just before 10.30pm on Sunday, emergency services were called to Warialda Road, Inverell, after reports a Holden Commodore had crashed into a pole after colliding with a Mazda Bravo.


The Holden driver, a 22-year-old woman, and passenger, a 20-year-old woman, were seriously injured and treated by paramedics.


The driver was airlifted to Tamworth Hospital in a stable condition. The passenger, who was 32 weeks pregnant, was transported to Inverell Airport; however, despite the efforts of paramedics, the woman and baby died before being airlifted.


The Mazda driver, a 19-year-old man, and passenger, an 18-year-old woman, suffered minor injuries. The driver was taken to Inverell Hospital and underwent mandatory testing.


Officers from the Crash Investigation Unit commenced an investigation to piece together what caused the horror crash.


Following inquiries, investigators charged a 22-year-old Tingha woman with eight offences, including:

  • dangerous driving occasioning death - drive manner dangerous,

  • negligent driving (occasioning death),

  • the driver never licensed,

  • use light vehicle not comply with tyres standard,

  • use an unregistered registrable motor vehicle on the road,

  • use an uninsured motor vehicle,

  • use vehicle on road or road-related area m/v tax not paid and drive with the unrestrained passenger (16 years or older).

The woman appeared before Tamworth Local Court on Tuesday, where she was formally refused bail to reappear before the same court on March 17.

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