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Policeman charged after fatal crash dismissed

UPDATE: A 32-year-old Constable from Road Policing Command has been dismissed from the Queensland Police Service following the finalisation of an internal investigation.

The officer was convicted in the Roma District Court on November 24, 2016 on one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing grievous bodily harm.

The court sentenced the officer to two years imprisonment, wholly suspended.

EARLIER:

A POLICE officer has faced court charged with causing a crash outside Roma that left a 59-year-old woman dead and 61-year-old man maimed.

Roma police officer Fabio Armando Mazza appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday charged with dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm.

Police allege on May 5, 2014, Constable Mazza, 29, was driving a marked police car on the Warrego Hwy near Wallumbilla, outside Roma.

Two people, a 61-year-old man and a 59-year-old woman, were on a motorcycle behind him.

Police allege Const Mazza attempted to perform a u-turn to intercept a speeding car heading in the other direction.

When he allegedly attempted the manoeuvre the bike hit his car.

The woman passenger on the bike was killed at the scene and the man riding it had to be airlifted to Princess Alexandra Hospital with serious injuries.

The bike is not alleged to have been speeding. Const Mazza was not injured in the crash.

Speaking to the media outside the court, Police Union defence lawyer Calvin Grech said Mazza was yet to see the police brief of evidence and did not indicate how he intended to plead.

Police did not oppose Const Mazza's application for bail. He will return to court on July 20 in Brisbane.

After he was charged earlier this year, Const Mazza was stood down from official duty on the Roma Road Policing Unit.

If found guilty, Const Mazza faces up to 10 years jail.

The Police Ethical Standard Command and Forensic Crash Unit investigated the crash.

- APN NEWSDESK

Topics:  crash fatality police officer qps roma

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