A TASMANIAN coroner has told an inquest it was desirable to examinethe death of 27-year-old Launceston woman Natalia Pearn, despite the matter already going through a lengthy court process.
A coronial inquest into the death of Miss Pearn was held at the Hobart Magistrates Court this morning.
Miss Pearnwas killed when the then-Director of Public Prosecutions Tim Ellis drove his sedan on to the wrong side of the Midland Highway and hit MissPearn’s hatchback in a head-on collision at Lovely Banks, south of Oatlands.
The matter was originally directed to a Victorian coroner, butCoroner Olivia McTaggart said there was no reason ”legally or personally” why she couldn’t carry out the coronial functions.
”I have decided it is desirable to hold an inquest,” Ms McTaggart said.
Dozens of affidavits from witnesses, police, crash investigators and doctors that were used during the criminal trialwere tendered.
Counsel assisting the coroner Jayson Taws said he would ask Ms McTaggart to find that Miss Pearn’s car was wholly in the correct lane and Mr Ellis’s car was in the incorrect overtaking lane.
Mr Taws said since the crash, a flexible safety barrier hasbeen installed.
He said the scene of the crash had not been subject to a cluster of accidents but was random.
Counsel for Mr Ellis, Garth Stevens,said Mr Ellis wasn’t required to attend the inquestand would not make a further submission to the proposed findings.
Ms McTaggart adjourned the inquest to make findings.
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