Crash inquest extends

IN what was scheduled to be a five-day process, the inquest into the accident that killed Abby Ezzy, Brett McKenzie, Max Thorley and Nick Nolan in 2008 will reconvene on March 5 and 7 because of the high number of witnesses and cross-examinations still to come before the State Coroner.

Yesterday, the inquest heard the remaining evidence of Dr Duncan Gilmore, a mechanical engineer, who earlier stated he believed Abby Ezzy was driving the Honda sedan in which the four friends were travelling when it was struck by a B-double just south of the Eight Mile intersection late on the evening of January 5, 2008.

Dr Gilmore's evidence was contrary to that given earlier in the week by a police officer and firefighter who were of the belief that Brett McKenzie was at the wheel.

Dr Gilmore yesterday stated that the Honda was pushed along by the truck "for about 11 or 12 seconds", saying his theory about the driver was based on science, the mechanics of the accident, autopsy reports and witness statements.

But his conclusions were queried by lawyers who presented both Abby and Brett's injuries to the court, implying Brett's injuries were more likely to coincide with a driver's seat position.

Sergeant Mark Meehan of Warwick Police, who was in charge of the investigation, also told the coroner he believed Brett was driving, based on the positions of the vehicle occupants.

The inquest was scheduled to conclude yesterday and final findings may not be made public by the coroner for several months after the inquest finishes in March.

Dr Gilmore's evidence was contrary to that given earlier in the week


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