A MAN has fronted court for the first time since he was charged with the dangerous driving death of a man near Bingara, last year.
Jason Matthew Picton is facing six offences including dangerous driving occasioning death, driving whilst disqualified, driving an unregistered vehicle, driving an uninsured vehicle and driving a vehicle on a road with unpaid road tax.
The 32-year-old was not required to enter pleas during the brief proceedings in Warialda Local Court on Wednesday morning but Magistrate Michael O’Brien has ordered investigators to compile a detailed brief of evidence into the case, which is expected to be taken over by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
The alleged offences stem from a crash on May 16 on Old Barraba Road at Bingara, when the unregistered Holden utility left the road and collided with a tree.
A 54-year-old male passenger in the vehicle died at the scene while Picton suffered several fractures.
Crash investigators were deployed to the scene to piece together what happened and will allege in court Picton was behind the wheel of a vehicle which was not mechanically safe or road worthy, before the fatal test drive. The case has been adjourned to March.
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