Driver ‘swerved like a snake’ before fatal crash
A WITNESS has claimed he saw a man swerving all over the road in the 15 minutes before he fell asleep and drove off the Bruce Highway, killing two passengers.
Cairns residents Nori and Kumi Kobayashi testified in the District Court in Mackay yesterday during the trial of Townsville man Shane Anthony Singho, 48.
Mr Kobayashi said the couple had been driving behind Singho's white Kia van north of Proserpine about 7am on February 10, 2013.
He said Singho's driving had been "snakey" and that he had sped up and slowed down two or three times, and drifted to and from the centre line about two times.
Mr Kobayashi said he witnessed the car cross the other side of the road onto a grassy area and disappear from sight.
Mrs Kobayashi told the court she'd been in the passenger seat, and she gave similar evidence to her husband.
She said she'd seen the car move from side to side three or four times.
Singho told the court he'd been moving the car to avoid kangaroos on the road.
He said he'd seen kangaroos in the area, but they did not jump out.
Crown prosecutor Nathan Crane suggested Singho had made "an excuse to explain why you were winding across the road".
Mr Crane said the six roadside stops Singho had made between Mackay and just north of Proserpine indicated he had been "very tired" prior to falling asleep and crashing the car.
Singho disagreed, saying hadn't been tired.
He'd been returning home to Townsville from a funeral in Maryborough.
Singho said he made stops because "when you're driving long distances it's better to get out of the car and have a breath."
He said he didn't know why he'd fallen asleep.
During Singho's testimony, a woman sitting in the gallery yelled out.
Judge John Baulch SC told the court anyone who interrupted would be asked to leave.
The trial is continuing.