26 June 2023

Woman granted bail over alleged role in fatal car crash near Leeton

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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A 50-year-old woman fronted Wagga Wagga Local Court over her alleged role in a crash near Leeton. Photo: Shri Gayathirie Rajen.

A Darlington Point woman has been granted conditional bail over her alleged involvement in a car crash in which a woman and three children died earlier this year.

Wendy Chattaway, 50, fronted Wagga Wagga Local Court on Saturday (24 June), charged with predatory driving, not disclosing the identity of a driver/passenger as required and hindering an investigation of a serious indictable offence of another.

The Wagga Local Court Deputy Registrar granted Chattaway bail on the condition that she must: report to Griffith Police Station once daily between 8 am and 6 pm; not leave her home at night (8 pm to 6 am); and live at Darlington Point and spend each night at the address.

Chattaway must not go near or contact, or try to go near or contact (except through a legal representative), any prosecution witness and not commit any further offences while on bail.

Police said officers attached to Murrumbidgee Police District had been told the rear door of a home in Cudgel Street, in Yanco, was kicked in and a resident was threatened earlier this year (4 April).

About 15 minutes later, four people died in a fatal single-vehicle crash when a Hyundai Getz crashed into a pole and rolled down an embankment into a water channel at the intersection of Research and Toorak roads in Yanco.

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Police said emergency services found a 36-year-old woman, her two sons, aged 10 and 11, and her 12-year-old nephew dead at the scene.

A crime scene was established, and investigations began into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

During the investigation, a 32-year-old man was charged, and he remains before the courts.

Following extensive inquiries, Chattaway was arrested at Griffith Police Station at about 1 pm on Friday (23 June).

She is set to face Griffith Local Court on 28 June.

Inquiries are continuing.

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