A truck driver allegedly had too many drugs in his system when he crashed into a family car in northern Victoria, killing a mother and her young son.
Amanda Gwynne, 37, and her 12-year-old son Harrison Kilmister were killed in the November 2 collision on the Murray Valley Highway at Brimin.
Her husband Paul Kilmister, 44, was rushed to hospital along with the couple’s eight-month-old son Austin, who suffered a back fracture, and two-year-old son Morgan.
Mr Kilmister remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital while the children have since been discharged.
Ryan Kenny, a 31-year-old truckie, on Monday faced Wangaratta Magistrates Court charged with 15 offences including two counts of dangerous driving causing death and one of driving while exceeding the prescribed concentration of drugs.
Mr Kenny has been remanded in custody and is due to face court again on March 14.
In a brief statement police said the Mooroopna man’s truck was travelling east when it collided with the Kilmister’s oncoming car at about 9.30pm.
A GoFundMe page set up for the family has raised more than half of its $50,000 target.
“The Kilmister & Gwynne Families have suffered a major tragedy, and we would like to show our support,” organisers of the fundraising effort wrote on the web page.