MAN CHARGED OVER DEATH OF WES CARLTON NEAR KYOGLE

A man has been charged over a crash that killed a motorcyclist and injured four others more than five months ago.

On Sunday October 20, emergency services were called to the Summerland Way near Kyogle, following reports a Kia Rio and four motorbikes had collided.

One of the riders, Wes Carlton, suffered critical injuries and died at the scene.

The 55-year-old had been on the “trip of a lifetime” with five mates, all members of the Central Queensland chapter of the Sons of the Southern Cross, when the tragedy occurred.

Another rider, a 56-year-old man, suffered serious injuries and was taken to Lismore Base Hospital before being airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

The other two motor, aged 52 and 53, suffered serious injuries and were taken to Lismore Base Hospital for treatment.

The driver and sole-occupant of the car, a 52-year-old man, was trapped for a short time before being released and taken to Lismore Hospital for treatment and mandatory testing.

Following extensive inquiries, the 52-year-old driver was arrested on Thursday, March 26, at his Warwick home in Queensland.

He was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death, three counts of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving occasioning death, negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, and driver not keep left of centre dividing line.