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Court told woman forced to swerve before fatality

ACCUSED: Bronya Schoner has been in custody since the crash last year.
ACCUSED: Bronya Schoner has been in custody since the crash last year. Candyce Braithwaite

UPDATE: 12.15PM: The daughter of a woman killed in a horrific crash at Stanthorpe last year has told a court she was forced to swerve when confronted by another car in her lane.

Tenterfield woman Katie Holley was driving her mother and sister home from the Stanthorpe Show last February when their vehicle collided with a car driven by Victorian woman Bronya Schoner.

Two other witnesses - a husband and wife travelling on the New England Hwy that day - also told the court they were certain Schoner's vehicle was travelling on the wrong side of the road shortly before the crash occurred.

Katie's mother, Dianne died at the scene and her sister Samantha spent the following 10 months in and out of a coma.Katie's dog Poppy was also killed.

Schoner has pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving causing death and grievous bodily harm.

The trial continues in the Warwick District Court today.

EARLIER: IT IS alleged a woman involved in a horror crash that left a woman dead and her daughter fighting for life veered onto the wrong side of the road after driving for up to 18 hours from Victoria.

Bronya Schoner is facing trial in the Warwick District Court this week, charged with one count of dangerous driving causing death and grievous bodily harm.

She has pleaded not guilty.

The Victorian woman's green Toyota Camry collided with the silver Toyota Echo in which Tenterfield woman Dianne Holley was a passenger on February 1.

Mrs Holley and her two daughters were on their way home from the Stanthorpe Show when their vehicle collided with Schoner's car.

It is alleged Schoner was travelling on the wrong side of the road when the cars collided on the New England Hwy, just south of Stanthorpe.

The court yesterday heard Mrs Holley died at the scene and her 20-year-old daughter suffered significant head injuries and spent 10 months in and out of a coma.

A third vehicle - a Mitsubishi Magna - also collided with Schoner's car.

The three occupants, Japanese tourists, received only minor injuries.

An eight-woman, four-man jury was empanelled at the start of the trial yesterday morning.

In his opening statement, Crown Prosecutor Christopher Cook said there were 17 witnesses to be called to the stand throughout the duration of the trial, including police officers, the daughter of the deceased woman and Schoner's father.

The first witness, forensic crash investigator Daniel O'Dea, took the stand after lunch. Sgt O'Dea was the lead investigator on the case and yesterday walked the jury through a series of photographs taken at the scene of the three-vehicle crash. The jury examined images that highlighted the significant damage suffered to both the Toyota Camry and the Toyota Echo.

Photos showed the majority of damage to the Echo was sustained to its front and passenger sides, including the front passenger wheel, which was separated from the vehicle.

The passenger-side door was also removed by emergency services to free Mrs Holley's seriously injured daughter.

Schoner's vehicle also suffered significant damage to the passenger side.

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