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Suspected drug driver accused of beating and killing bus mechanics along the road faces trial

Written by Javed Iqbal

An alleged drug lord accused of driving down and killing two young mechanics on the Sunshine Coast has been put on trial this morning.

Warana woman Kelly Renee Liddicoat, 43, faces one case of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death while being adversely affected by an intoxicating substance, and one case of driving under the influence.

Police claim that Liddicoat’s sedan hit Lleyton Bartlett, 22, from Baringa, and his colleague Aaron Pitt, 25, from Currimundi, on April 21 at 15.30.

The couple was working on a wrecked bus on the side of Nambour Connection Road near Woombye.

Both men suffered critical injuries and were transported to Sunshine Coast University Hospital, where they later died.

A green bus on the side of a road marked with witch hats
The two men were working on this bus when they were hit.(ABC News: Jessica Ross)

Mrs Liddicoat sat shaking in Maroochydore Magistrates Court this morning, supported by the family, while Mr Bartlett’s and Mr Pitt’s family and friends were visibly emotional and watching from the public gallery.

The men’s employer, Queensland public transport operator Translink, hailed the couple, saying the company was “extremely upset” over the incident.

“This is tragic news and we send our condolences to the families and staff involved,” a spokesman said.

Mrs Liddicoat’s appearance was brief and lasted only a few minutes as her bail was extended.

Her lawyer requested a postponement so that police prosecutors could draw up a card with evidence.

The case is due in court again on August 19.

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