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TWO CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST COURTNEY MATTHEWS

Two charges have been dropped against the babysitter who was driving a car when it crashed near Casino in the state’s north, killing the four-year-old daughter of a local police officer.

Magistrate Michael Dakin agreed with the defence that the evidence presented would not show, to a jury, that Courtney Matthews’ driving was dangerous when her Mazda 323 crossed onto the wrong side of the road.

Four-year-old Elle Underhill died in the crash, two other children in the car survived.

Her father, Sergeant Steve Underhill, was one of the first officers to arrive at the scene.

Matthews no longer faces charges of dangerous driving occasioning death and dangerous driving occasioning bodily harm.

She still faces one count of negligent driving occasioning death and one of negligent driving occasioning bodily harm.

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