Truckie contests charge of dangerous driving causing death

FATAL CRASH: Brayden Liam Playford.
FATAL CRASH: Brayden Liam Playford.

THREE years to the day after a teenage motorcyclist died in an early morning collision with a truck, the man accused of driving the truck he crashed into has stood trial.

Martin Charles Dewley yesterday faced the Ipswich District Court charged with dangerous driving causing death.

Dewley pleaded not guilty and is standing trial in front of a jury.

The court heard at 5.48am on August 27, 2010, at Wanora on the Brisbane Valley Hwy north of Ipswich, 18-year-old Brayden Liam Playford was riding his motorcycle to his work in Fernvale.

At the same time Dewley was pulling out onto the road in his truck and dog trailer.

The Crown prosecution has alleged Dewley pulled out onto the road in a dangerous manner, not giving way to Playford whose light they say he saw approaching from the south.

The court heard Playford attempted to brake, locking up his tyres for seven metres before he attempted to swerve the bike around the trailer.

According to the police investigator, Playford's bike struck the trailer at its rear tyres near the edge of the road, before the bike was dragged underneath.

Playford was pronounced dead at the scene.

The trial continues.



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