Conflicts plague inquest
THE inquest into the January 2008 crash which claimed the lives of four local young people near the Eight Mile enters its fifth day today, after evidence yesterday from emergency services personnel.
Coroner Tina Previtera heard from former inspector of the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service in Warwick Robert Wing who was at the scene of the truck collision in which Brett McKenzie, Abby Ezzy, Nick Nolan and Max Thorley died.
Mr Wing said he supervised the recovery of the wreckage of the sedan in which the four were travelling from the B-double which struck it and said that based on his observations of that process he believed that Brett McKenzie was the driver.
But Brisbane-based police forensic crash investigator Hans Boon said such a conclusion could not be drawn with certainty.
"In my opinion, you would not have been able to make a call, given the photographs taken at the scene," he said.
"I wouldn't want to determine the driver, based on (the observations made)."
Mr Boon told the court his "way of doing business" was to examine the physical evidence to determine how an accident happened, rather than relying on witness statements which he said the Warwick Police partially did.
"We seem to have spent an awful lot of time trying to answer questions that could have been done at the time," he said. "We've relinquished the scene and not answered questions."
He told the court if police had been better equipped "we wouldn't be here now".
Mechanical engineer Dr Duncan Gilmore, who also gave evidence yesterday, said it was most probable in his view that Abby Ezzy and Max Thorley were on the right side of the vehicle.
"In my opinion, it's more probable Ms Ezzy was the driver," Dr Gilmore told the inquest.
He said his evidence was based on science and the mechanics of the accident, as well as autopsy reports and witness statements.