The scene of the Bruce Hwy crash near Pindi Pindi.
The scene of the Bruce Hwy crash near Pindi Pindi. Lauren Reed

Passenger sues for $6m for injuries sustained in crash

A FORMER Central Queensland business manager is claiming almost $6 million in damages after a team-building fishing trip ended in tragedy.

Life as he knew it changed forever when the Toyota Camry he was travelling in collided head-on with a Subaru Impreza on the Bruce Hwy near Pindi Pindi on October 16, 2011.

The 46-year-old man, whom the Daily Mercury has chosen not to name, lodged a claim in the Rockhampton Supreme Court earlier this month.

Court documents claim the man and his colleague, Roderick Sidney Leach, were on their way home to Rockhampton after attending a company reef fishing trip with other managers in Townsville.

It is alleged Leach fell asleep at the wheel or otherwise lost control of the vehicle.

The plaintiff, who was in the front passenger seat, suffered critical injuries as a result of the incident, including a traumatic brain injury.

Mackay brothers Fenton and Mark Wooley, who were both passengers in the Subaru, were killed instantly.

The plaintiff alleges the crash was caused by the negligence of Leach.

Leach was charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle last year.

However, that matter is still before the courts.

The plaintiff is suing Leach and his insurance company NRMA for $5,976,427.20.

This is to cover medical costs, loss of earning capacity and future nursing and domestic care.

Both parties declined to comment.



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