A FATHER will stand trial over the death of his daughter in a car crash near Orange on June 4 last year.
Police allege he was under the influence of cannabis.
Police say Phoebe Pinazza, 15, died as the result of the way her father Mark Francis Pinazza, 47, was driving the family’s Holden Statesman, which crashed off the road into a culvert 25 kilometres north of Orange on the Burrendong Way.
Pinazza is charged with dangerous driving occasioning death and dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm while driving under the influence.
The second charge relates to the serious injury of the man’s eldest daughter Maddison, aged 17, who was a sitting in the front passenger seat of the vehicle when it crashed.
Phoebe was trapped in the back seat of the vehicle and had to be released by emergency services workers.
She was rushed to Orange hospital in a critical condition, however she died during surgery.
Pinazza and his eldest daughter were also rushed to hospital, both in a serious condition.
Pinazza is also charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, negligent driving occasioning death, negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and driving a vehicle with an illicit drug present in his blood.
Pinazza is represented by solicitor Rebecca McIlveen, who stood next to her client in court yesterday, instructing him to answer ‘no’ to a number of mandatory questions put to the accused by Magistrate Terry Lucas before he was committed for trial.
No date has been set for the trial yet.