Alleged drug driver charged with beating and killing roadside bus mechanics in court

An alleged drug driver charged with hitting and killing two young mechanics on the Sunshine Coast has appeared in court this morning.

Warana wife Kelly Renee Liddicoat, 43, faces a count of dangerous motor vehicle operation resulting in death while adversely affected by an intoxicant and a count of drink driving.

Police allege that the sedan belonging to Ms Liddicoat struck Lleyton Bartlett, 22, of Baringa, and his colleague Aaron Pitt, 25, of Currimundi, at 3:30 p.m. on April 21.

The pair were working on a broken down bus on the Nambour Connection Road side near Woombye.

Both men suffered serious injuries and were transported to Sunshine Coast University Hospital, where they later died.

A green bus on the side of a road marked by witch hats
The two men were working on this bus when they were hit.ABC News: Jessica Ross

Mrs Liddicoat sat trembling in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court this morning, supported by family, as the family and friends of Mr Bartlett and Mr Pitt watched with visible emotion from the public gallery.

The men’s employer, Queensland public transport company Translink, paid tribute to the couple and said the company was “extremely saddened” by the incident.

“This is tragic news and we extend our condolences to the families and staff involved,” a spokesperson said.

Ms Liddicoat’s appearance was brief, lasting only a few minutes, as her bail was extended.

Her lawyer asked for a postponement so that the police prosecutors could prepare a short statement of evidence.

The case will return to court on August 19.