LESSONS may be learnt over the deaths of Orange teenagers Eliza Wannan and Will Dalton-Brown after Roads Minister Duncan Gay announced the government would consider changes in legislation.
The Orange teenagers were run over at a paddock party in Molong in 2010 by an unlicensed, drunk driver, who never faced charges because he ran over the sleeping teenagers while he was reversing his ute on private property.
The coroner investigating their deaths said there was no provision in NSW for a person who may have driven negligently and caused death or grievous bodily harm, to be charged if the driving did not occur on a road or road-related area.
Mr Gay told Parliament he would work with the attorney general’s department, Transport NSW and Roads and Maritime Services to address any legislative changes required.
Eliza’s father Andrew Wannan welcomed the announcement and said the law needed to be clarified so police could confidently investigate incidents that occured on private property.
“We’re very concerned no lessons have been learnt, there have been no consequences ... what will people learn if there are no consequences,” Mr Wannan said.
“If NSW was in line with the other states at the time, there would have been a proper investigation and lessons would have been learnt.
In Victoria, Queensland and South Australia there are such provisions.
A coronial inquiry was held into the pair’s death and the findings were handed down 12 days ago.
Mr Gay said the government took the issue very seriously.
“I have also directed that a detailed examination be undertaken of current legislation and powers to test drivers in the event of a fatal incident and any discrepancies between NSW laws and other states,” he said.
“When someone has been killed in a tragic incident such as this, we need to ensure that there are adequate powers that allow police to fully investigate and gather evidence.”