A baby born to a woman who was pregnant at the time of the crash could not be the cause of the catastrophic accident, coroner’s court has ruled.
A coronial jury heard a group of young women had been drinking and driving and were driving recklessly through the city’s west, causing the car to veer into a tree.
The jury was told a group called The Mothers and Mothers’ Club had been involved in an argument with another group, The Women’s Club, and the group drove recklessly towards a car which was travelling at speed, damaging it.
The crash happened on the Princes Highway, at the junction with the Princess Highway, just after 8:30pm on July 18, 2016.
“I don’t believe they could have been driving reckably or recklessly at all,” coroner’s judge Fiona McCaffrey told the jury.
“They may have been drinking, they may have had drugs, they might have been drunk.
They may have gone too fast.””
They probably had some kind of accident or they may not have known what they were doing,” Ms McCaffrie said.
The women involved had been charged with driving while disqualified, failing to stop at a red light and driving without due care and attention.
The women have pleaded not guilty.
A trial was due to start next year.
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