Jhe Cian Lin to face trial for dangerous driving after March 31 fatal crash on Oxley Highway near Tamworth

Crash scene: An ambulance leaves the fatal crash on the Oxley Highway, near Tamworth, on March 31. Photo: Peter Hardin
Crash scene: An ambulance leaves the fatal crash on the Oxley Highway, near Tamworth, on March 31. Photo: Peter Hardin

A MAN will fight charges he was driving dangerously and caused a fatal head-on crash on the outskirts of Tamworth.

Jhe Cian Lin is charged with three offences after the March 31 crash on the Oxley Highway west of the city that killed Kim Chan.

Lin fronted Tamworth Local Court with a friend where Legal Aid solicitor Wendy McAuliffe said she had been instructed to plead not guilty.

Crash investigators allege Lin drove in a manner dangerous to other persons “where the vehicle caused an impact between other vehicles, to wit, a silver Ford sedan and a grey Toyota, as a result Kim Chan was deceased”.

Lin was behind the wheel of a red Ford Falcon on the highway, headed west, when two other vehicles collided.

Mr Chan, who was driving the Ford, died at the scene. A woman, who was behind the wheel of the Toyota, was also injured.

Through an interpreter, Lin formally pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving occasioning death, predatory driving and driving furiously in a motor vehicle causing bodily harm.

Investigators allege he engaged “in a course of conduct that threatened to cause an impact involving the other vehicle” and through that driving intended to cause another driver actual bodily harm. 

Further, police allege he also drove a motor vehicle furiously and caused bodily harm to the driver of the Toyota.

A solicitor for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) said the matter was to be resolved at a trial.

“The Crown wishes to elect in sequence one, two and three,” she told the court.

The now 26-year-old will face an arraignment in November to fix a date for trial. 

"I note you waived your right to apply for a contested committal,” Magistrate Roger Prowse told Lin. 

“Consequently you're now committed for trial to the District Court of Tamworth.”

Lin remains on bail and is prohibited from occupying the driver’s seat of a vehicle. He was also ordered to surrender his passport and not approach any international departure point out of Australia.

I note you waived your right to apply for a contested committal ... consequently you're now committed for trial to the District Court of Tamworth.

Magistrate Roger Prowse

He was arrested five days after the fatal crash and charged by crash investigators.