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Kiwi hit-and-run accused ordered to surrender her passport

VOLVO: This car is alleged to have been involved in three hIt and run incidents in Byron Bay early Saturday, two involving parked cars and the third seriously injuring a four-year-old girl.
VOLVO: This car is alleged to have been involved in three hIt and run incidents in Byron Bay early Saturday, two involving parked cars and the third seriously injuring a four-year-old girl. TWEEDBYRON LOCAL AREA COMMAND

A NEW Zealand driver who allegedly hit a four-year-old girl while driving near Byron Bay lighthouse on Saturday morning and fled the scene, has been ordered to surrender her passport before being granted bail so she can't fly home today.

Senior Constable Christopher McCaffery, of Byron Bay police, granted 27-year-old Rakau Williams conditional bail on Saturday evening after she agreed to surrender her passport.

"It is feared that if the accused is not granted conditional bail she would return to New Zealand and not attend court," Sen Con McCaffery wrote on Williams's bail application.

Police are appealing to any witnesses who may have seen the occupants of the Volvo with Tasmanian registration CB 6474 behaving suspiciously on Saturday to call Byron Bay police on 6685 9499 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Information on Williams's bail application indicated she was on holidays visiting relatives in Australia and was due to return to New Zealand today.

She has also been ordered not to apply for a passport while she is on bail.

Her sister, a school teacher from Burleigh Heads, signed the bail forms agreeing to forfeit $2000 if Williams did not appear at court.

Williams, who was represented by her solicitor Tom Ivey, was excused from appearing at Tweed Heads Local Court yesterday by Magistrate Michael Dakin after she sent the court a letter explaining her absence.

Police allege Williams was driving a light blue Tasmanian-registered Volvo sedan between 6.45am and 6.46am when she allegedly hit four-year-old Rio Sims and her mother, who were walking along Lighthouse Rd at Byron Bay.

The girl was thrown down a steep embankment into bushes, sustaining a fractured right leg.

Police have seized the Volvo for forensic examination.

Williams is facing charges of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving causing grievous bodily harm, and failing to stop and assist after an impact causing grievous bodily harm.

Media reports that the girl was in a pram at the time and suffered two broken legs as a result of the incident were dismissed as incorrect by police.

Police prosecutor Sgt Locke applied to Mr Dakin for an eight-week adjournment "as we are waiting for the results of blood tests".

Magistrate Dakin adjourned Williams's matters until April at Byron Bay Local Court.

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