Case against accused Byron hit and run driver reaches court

UPDATE, 12pm: THE woman accused of a hit and run incident at Byron Bay on Saturday that left a four-year old girl suffering a fractured leg has had her matter adjourned at Tweed Heads Local Court.

New Zealand national Rakau Williams did not appear in court this morning but was represented by her solicitor Tom Ivey.

The prosecution requested the matter be adjourned as police are waiting on the results of a blood test on Williams.

Magistrate Michael Dakin adjourned Williams matters until April at Byron Bay Local Court.

Williams remains free on conditional bail.

 

 

The car alleged to have been involved in the hit-and-run of a 4-year-old girl near the Cape Byron lighthouse on Saturday. Police say they believe it was involved in two other incidents that morning.
The car alleged to have been involved in the hit-and-run of a 4-year-old girl near the Cape Byron lighthouse on Saturday. Police say they believe it was involved in two other incidents that morning.

7.11am: A CAR police allege was used in a hit-and-run incident that injured a four-year-old girl at Byron Bay on Saturday has been implicated in two other hit-and-runs with vehicles that same morning.

The child was hit by the car as she walked along Lighthouse Rd with her parents about 6.40am on Saturday.

The impact knocked her down an embankment and fractured her leg badly enough that she had to undergo surgery at the Royal Children's Hospital at Brisbane.

The child's mother was also hit by the car but was not injured.

A 27-year-old woman was arrested and charged over the incident and is due to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court today.

Do you have information about this incident? Phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.

Police are appealing for more witnesses to come forward after revealing the car was also alleged to have hit a parked white van at Centennial Circuit at Byron's Arts and Industry Estate early Saturday morning and then reversed into a parked Toyota HiLux at the lighthouse car park boom gate, before striking the four-year-old girl and her mother.

Tweed Byron Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Gary Cowan said the Byron Bay child and her parents were walking along the exit road at Cape Byron lighthouse when she and her mother were hit.

"On arrival officers found the girl, who had been thrown down an embankment, had sustained a fractured leg," Insp Cowan said.

The girl was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to Tweed Heads Hospital in a stable condition, and later transferred to Brisbane Children's Hospital for further scans and surgery.

"The driver of the car allegedly fled the scene and police commenced inquiries into the incident," Insp Cowan said.

ACCIDENT SCENE: The roads leading to and from Cape Byron lighthouse.
ACCIDENT SCENE: The roads leading to and from Cape Byron lighthouse. Megan Kinninment

Insp Cowan said the incident happened on a sharp left hand bend, about 300 metres from the Byron Bay Lighthouse.

Police will allege the woman came around the corner too fast, lost control of the vehicle and hit the girl and her mother.

Police are waiting results of a blood test to determine whether the woman was under the influence of alcohol.

Insp Cowan said the girl's mother did not sustain any serious injuries.

Police set up a crime scene along the road that morning and launched an appeal through the media with witnesses leading police to an address in Shelley Dr, Byron Bay

Inspector Cowan said officers then located the woman's car and she was arrested at about 10am.

After police arrived at the Shelley Dr address they also called an ambulance for the New Zealand national who appeared to have injuries from the previous night, Insp Cowan said.

A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman confirmed paramedics were called to the Shelley Dr address about 10am to treat a woman in her late 20's who suffered a cut to her hand.

The woman was taken to Byron Bay hospital in a stable condition and then taken to Byron Bay police station for questioning and was later charged.

"She was charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving causing grievous bodily harm and failing to stop and assist after impact causing grievous bodily harm," Insp Cowan said.

She was granted conditional bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court today and her licence to drive in NSW was suspended.


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