Bail for teen charged with manslaughter after crash

A BARGARA teen who was charged with manslaughter following a high-speed crash on New Year's Day has been released on bail under strict conditions.

Those conditions include forfeiting her licence, reside with her parents at Gladstone, attend any GP-directed medical appointments and report to police three times per week.

She also cannot apply to hold a licence in any state or territory.

Kaylah Jodynne Hadwen, 18, was charged with manslaughter and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing grievous bodily harm over the January 1 crash at the intersection of Branyan and Woondooma Sts in Bundaberg.

It is alleged Hadwen turned her headlights off before she accelerated through a give way sign at the intersection and crashed into another vehicle.

The driver of the other vehicle, Darren Fraser, 37, sustained serious injuries in the crash. His passenger, Bargara man Matt Cooper, 34, was killed instantly in the collision.

Hadwen was initially denied bail on January 9 in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court, but took her bid for freedom to one of the state's highest courts.

The Brisbane Supreme Court was told on Monday that the Crown did not oppose Hadwen being released as long as she adhered to her strict bail conditions.

Justice Peter Applegarth, in granting Hadwen's freedom, said she was not in a show cause position and he felt comfortable that any concerns could be addressed with imposing the strict conditions.

Hadwen is due to appear in Bundaberg Magistrates Court again on March 5.

- APN NEWSDESK.


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