Coolum man charged with drug driving over horror Sunshine Coast crash that killed three-year-old

Written by Javed Iqbal

A 36-year-old man is facing multiple charges over a fatal head-on crash that killed a three-year-old boy on the Sunshine Coast earlier this year.

The Coolum man has been charged with two counts each of dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death or grievous bodily harm, drug driving and driver failing to restrain a child under four.

Police allege the man was driving a silver Mitsubishi Pajero on the Sunshine Motorway on May 30 when it and a northbound Mazda CX-9 collided.

Two three-year-old passengers – a boy and a girl – were sitting in the back of the four-wheel drive at the time.

The baby boy suffered critical injuries and died at Sunshine Coast University Hospital the following day.

The man and woman were slightly injured.

The 38-year-old woman driving the other vehicle and her 12-year-old passenger suffered serious and significant injuries.

They were discharged from the hospital yesterday.

A four-year-old boy in the Mazda also suffered minor injuries.

The man was granted police bail and will appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on August 26.

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