A woman who allegedly caused a fatal head-on collision had a history of driving dangerously, a court has heard.
A Victorian woman who allegedly caused a fatal car accident had a shocking traffic record and was even caught speeding unlicensed soon before the crash, a court has heard.
Bronya Schoner had been disqualified from driving when her car allegedly drifted on to the wrong side of a Queensland highway and ploughed into an oncoming vehicle at Stanthorpe, near the NSW border.
The force of the collision killed a 54-year-old NSW woman in the other car and left the dead woman’s 20-year-old daughter with serious injuries.
The crash happened about 3.15pm on February 1.
Schoner, 37, had left Victoria the previous night for a marathon drive to the Gold Coast to see her ex-partner, her bail hearing was told on Thursday.
She’d been disqualified from driving 11 days earlier following multiple speeding offences.
The Brisbane Supreme Court heard that shortly before the collision, Schoner was pulled over for driving at 135km/h but gave police a false name so they wouldn’t find out she was unlicensed.
Crown prosecutor Dennis Kinsella said earlier that day a NSW policeman had pulled her over for a breath test – which was negative – and the officer noticed she looked tired.
Defence barrister Andrew Boe said criminal liability would be an issue at trial given there was no evidence his client had been drunk, speeding or driving erratically.
In a sworn statement Schoner expressed great remorse and promised to stay off the road if granted bail.
However, it wasn’t enough to satisfy Justice Peter Applegarth, who said Schoner’s “shocking” driving record worked against her.
“The applicant has shown by her past conduct, particularly her driving while disqualified, a disregard for the law,” he said in denying bail.
Schoner has been charged with dangerous driving causing death, dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm and driving while disqualified.