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Man faces trial for killing motorbike rider at Lynford

A CIVIL engineer involved in a fatal crash which killed a motorbike rider told a police officer shortly afterwards he never saw the rider coming.

The man's passenger also said he did not see the motorbike approaching until he heard a large bang on the side of the car.

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

Crown prosecutor Dean Jones told the court the crash occurred about 3.15pm on May 6, 2013 near Lynford - about 45km north-west of Ipswich.

The court heard Mr McNamara was travelling north along Forest Hill-Fernvale Rd before slowing down to turn right into Lockrose Rd.

About halfway into the turn Mr McNamara and his passenger Colin Oxley heard a loud bang and got out to inspect what had happened.

It was then they realised a motorbike rider had crashed into the right-hand side of Mr McNamara's Toyota Prado 4WD.

Laidley man Mark Arndrea Blaxland, 53, died at the scene from his injuries.

Mr Oxley told the court he had only met Mr McNamara that morning and the two had been travelling around the region to look at various construction sites.

He said when they approached the intersection he noticed another car waiting to turn on to Forest Hill-Fernvale Rd.

"The speed he took the turn was totally appropriate and I did not have any concerns with his driving throughout the day," he said.

"I never saw the motorbike rider myself until I heard the bang from the collision.

"When the collision happened we both looked at each other and asked what the hell was that?"

The court was played a recording Constable Matthew Barrett took with Mr McNamara after police arrived at the scene.

Mr McNamara was told during the 20-minute recording that Mr Blaxland had died.

"Bang . . . the guy came out of nowhere, he must have been flying," Mr McNamara said.

"I never saw him coming."

The trial before Judge Sarah Bradley continues.

Topics:  ipswich district court, killing, motorbike, rider, trial



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