Luke Brown leaves the Hervey Bay watchhouse.
Luke Brown leaves the Hervey Bay watchhouse.

Fatal crash driver had '37 pills'

A DRIVER who allegedly caused the death of a motorcyclist and left his wife critically injured has been released on bail.

Luke Thomas Brown, 23, has faced the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle causing the death of 62-year-old Bundaberg man Peter Knight.

Police allegedly found 37 ecstasy pills in Brown's Holden sedan after it collided with Mr Knight's oncoming motorcycle on the Bruce Highway at Torbanlea on Saturday.

They also allegedly found drug utensils, including a syringe.

In court, Brisbane man Brown was described as 'transient' and it was said that at the time of the crash he was heading north to Mackay, where his mother lives, to find employment.

He was yesterday bailed to live with his father at Manly.

His vehicle has been seized by the Wide Bay Forensic Crash Unit.

It is understood police are awaiting toxicology results to determine if Brown was driving under the influence.

It was said in court that police plan to lay further charges against Brown in relation to Mrs Knight, who remains in a Brisbane hospital in a critical condition.

Mr Knight was airlifted to Bundaberg Base Hospital following the crash, but he died that afternoon.

Brown will reappear in court on November 1.
 



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