Collision driver pleads guilty

ROBINVALE man Sione Langi Harrison Taimani is expected to soon learn his fate over the 2017 crash that killed his ­teenage friend and a Mallee grandmother on the Sturt Highway.

In Wentworth Local Court, Taimani yesterday pleaded guilty to two counts of dangerous driving occasioning death and one count of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm over the July 16 head-on collision about 35km west of Euston.

The crash claimed the lives of Maria Ienco, 67, who was the sole occupant of a Toyota ute and Tupou Taulanga,18, who was the front-seat ­passenger in Taimani’s Ford ute.

Solomone Fuavao, who was 18 at the time, was in the back seat and sustained serious injuries in the collision.

The trio had been celebrating a friend’s birthday in Mil­dura the night before and were on their way home to Robinvale when Taimani lost control of his vehicle and veered on to the wrong side of the road, into the path of Ms Ienco’s ute.

According to court documents, Taimani’s licence was previously cancelled in ­November 2014 for 24 months and at the time of the crash he was driving unlic­ensed.

The case will next week go before the chief judge in Broken Hill District Court for a sentencing date to be set.