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The driver of a car who allegedly let a woman put her head out the sunroof before she was killed in a crash on Skinners Shoot Road at Byron Bay will stand trial in the Lismore District Court.

Stevie Elizabeth Wappett was charged with five offences including dangerous driving occasioning death, negligent driving occasion death, and mid-range pca over the incident on March 24, 2015.

It is alleged when Ms Wappett was driving a 1997 Honda Accord sedan with a mid-range blood alcohol reading of .134 when she crashed about midnight on Skinners Shoot Road.

When emergency services attended the scene, it is alleged they found a passenger in the sedan, 29-year-old Alexandra Ryder was standing with her head out the sunroof.

She was a popular staff member at Newrybar’s Harvest Cafe.

Police commenced an investigation after she was found dead at the scene.

Following the investigation, Ms Wappett, of Alstonville was charged and granted conditional bail.

She faces a maximum of 10 years jail if convicted over the incident.

The court previously heard Ms Wappett’s solicitor Ian McKay had requested a report from a pharmacist on his client to support his case.

On Thursday, Judge Laura Wells adjourned Ms Wappett’s matters until August 17.

Her matters will be mentioned on that day to confirm both parties are ready to go to trial beginning August 21.

Ms Wappett remains free on conditional bail.


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