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Civil engineer found not guilty of killing motorbike rider

A JURY has taken less than three hours to find a civil engineer not guilty of killing a motorbike rider near Lynford.

Robert Evan McNamara, 42, pleaded not guilty this week in Ipswich District Court to dangerous driving causing death.

The two-day trial heard the crash occurred on May 6, 2013, at the intersection of Forest Hill-Fernvale Rd and Lockrose Rd, Lynford - about 45km north-west of Ipswich.

The court heard Mr McNamara did not see the motorbike rider, Laidley man, Mark Arndrea Blaxland, 53, approaching as he turned into Lockrose Rd.

Mr Blaxland subsequently crashed into the passenger side of Mr McNamara's Toyota Prado 4WD.

He died at the scene from his injuries.

The Queensland Times can now reveal Mr McNamara was charged more than a year after the crash but always maintained his innocence.

Crown prosecutor Dean Jones earlier told the jury Mr McNamara had failed to ensure it was safe to cross into Lockrose Rd.

"He had the best view of the on-coming traffic which was also an unobstructed view . . . why did not he see the rider approaching?" he said. Defence barrister Peter Callaghan said three people gave evidence during the trial that they too did not see the motorbike approaching the intersection.

"The chance of three people not seeing the rider, or all three being distracted at the same time, is verging on Lotto odds," he said.

Topics:  ipswich, killing, not guilty




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