Emergency services crews at the scene of the crash on the Peak Downs Hwy, near Walkerston, on September 25, 2011 that claimed two lives.
Emergency services crews at the scene of the crash on the Peak Downs Hwy, near Walkerston, on September 25, 2011 that claimed two lives. Peter Holt

Grandma struggles to deal with loss of daughter, grandson

KATHLEEN McAdam is still coming to terms with the deaths of her daughter and grandson.

She drove three hours from Clermont to attend a directions hearing at the Mackay Magistrates Court for Adam James Wisley, the man accused of being responsible for the horrific traffic crash that killed the mother and son.

Lardeen Glennon, known to her family and friends as Larnie, and her son Matthew died after a two-vehicle crash on the Peak Downs Hwy at Walkerston about 11.30am on September 25.

Larnie was driving Matthew, who was a Year 9 student at Mercy College, to a friend's house. She was turning off the highway into a rural driveway when the fatal collision occurred.

Kathleen said Larnie was bright, bubbly and very outgoing.

"Everyone loved her," she said.

Kathleen's only way of coping, of staying strong, was to not think about it.

"It doesn't hurt me if I don't think about it," she said.

The family was still overcome with grief by the loss, Kathleen said.

Her middle son had to identify Larnie after the crash. Kathleen said Larnie's eyes had still been open and he'd been haunted by that image ever since.

Larnie's step-father, Ralph McAdam, and step-niece were with Kathleen yesterday.

Two men, believed to be Wisley's father and brother, were in court. Wisley's appearance was excused.

Brisbane defence barrister Anthony Glynn SC, instructed by Wallace and Wallace, made an application yesterday to cross examine seven of the 27 witnesses.

The Mackay Magistrates Court heard Wisley had been travelling three cars behind Larnie and her son. Directly behind her was a ute, which was travelling well below the speed limit, Mr Glynn said.

The vehicle directly in front of Wisley overtook the ute first. Then Wisley commenced to overtake, when the collision occurred.

"There is a need for more questions," Mr Glynn said.

Prosector Bimal Raut argued all the questions were answered in the statements provided.

Magistrate Damien Dwyer adjourned the matter to next Friday, so he could read through the material and decide whether or not all questions had been answered.


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