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A man has been charged with two counts of murder after he allegedly used his car to force another vehicle off the Pacific Highway south of Grafton last year causing in the deaths of two people.

Police say that around 7.45pm on December 9 last year, a man used his Commodore to force a Mitsubishi Lancer off the road as both cars were were traveling on the Pacific Highway near Halfway Creek, 20km south of Grafton.

The Lancer crashed through a fence, rolled and then caught fire, killing two of the occupants – a 42-year-old man from Grafton and a 29-year-old man from Tucabia.

A 39-year-old Coffs Harbour woman, who was also a passenger in the car, suffered head and spinal injuries. She was subsequently airlifted to Gold Coast Hospital in a critical condition.

Police allege the driver of the Lancer left the scene without contacting emergency services or rendering assistance.

Detectives attached to the Coffs/Clarence Police District established Strike Force Kiowa to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.

Following extensive inquiries, at around 10.15am yesterday (Wednesday 3 July 2019), detectives arrested a 34-year-old man in Victoria Street, Grafton. When the man’s vehicle was searched a loaded firearm was seized.

He was taken to Grafton Police Station and charged with two counts of murder, one count of recklessly inflict grievous bodily harm, and one count of possessing a loaded firearm in a public place.

The South Grafton man has been refused bail to face Grafton Local Court tomorrow (Thursday 4 July 2019).


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1 COMMENT

  1. Police allege the driver of the Lancer left the scene without contacting emergency services or rendering assistance.

    Wrong. It was the commodore driver that left the scene.

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