Newcastle man Peter Allan Gale, who has been accused of causing a crash that killed a 23-year-old Blackalls Park man and injuring five others at Nerong on Sunday, has been granted bail after someone agreed to post a $15,000 cash surety.
The 54-year-old appeared in Forster Local Court yesterday, April 15 charged with dangerous driving occasioning death - driving in a manner dangerous, a back-up charge of negligent driving occasioning death and five counts of causing bodily harm by misconduct.
He did not enter any pleas, but was granted strict conditional bail after someone agreed to post a $15,000 surety.
The matter was adjourned to the same court on June 18.
According to police, Mr Gale was behind the wheel of a Ford Falcon GT that was involved in a crash with a Subaru Forester and Hyundai Terracan on the Pacific Highway at Nerong about 2pm on Sunday.
A 23-year-old man, who police said was from Blackalls Park and who was driving the Subaru, died at the scene.
A man, 26, who was a passenger in the Subaru, and four people in the Hyundai - aged 71, 70, 10 and eight years - suffered injuries, ranging from minor to serious, and were taken to separate hospitals for treatment.
None of their injuries are considered to be life threatening, police said.
Manning Great Lakes police attended and established a crime scene and, with the assistance of the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit, arrested and charged Mr Gale with the seven offences.
Crash Investigators say they expect to lay more charges against Mr Gale after further investigations.