Teen faces trial over crash death

POLICE evidence will allege Ivy Lea Lambert was under the influence of alcohol and drugs when she crashed her car, killing 13-year-old passenger John-Henry Ronaki-Perkins.

Lambert, who turns 19 today, will face trial in the Hervey Bay District Court charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and grievous bodily harm.

Police allege Lambert had an alcohol reading of .177 and had traces of cannabis in her system when she crashed her car into a power pole in Torquay on May 31 last year.

Urangan High School student John-Henry died at the scene, while Lambert and four other passengers were taken to hospital with various injuries.

During yesterday’s committal proceedings in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court, Lambert’s barrister Sarah Laikind said her client consented to facing the District Court without re-examination of the evidence.

Prosecutor Senior Constable Jeanette Grigoris tendered a number of statements to the court from witnesses and police, photographs of the crash scene, medical notes and John-Henry’s death and autopsy certificates.

Supported in court by her mother, Lambert yesterday appeared solemn.

Two teenagers also involved in the crash were present in court but they sat away from Lambert and her mum.

Lambert was airlifted to the Royal Brisbane Hospital following the crash, suffering serious head injuries.

Another passenger, a teenage boy who was also airlifted, suffered two broken legs, neck injuries and a fractured eye socket.

Lambert will face court at a date yet to be determined.

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