Woman driver faces rider murder charge

Trevor Moran - woman charged with his murder

A woman charged with the murder of motorcycle rider Trevor Moran in a January 2017 road crash has been refused bail and sent to the mental health section of the Sydney jail.

Vanessa Fraser, 47, did not appear at the bail hearing in Lismore Local Court in February as she was on her way to the Sydney jail. The case was mentioned again in court on Tuesday April 4 and adjourned until June 6. 

Trevor, a 61-year-old Tweed Heads father of three, died after his motorcycle collided on January 6, 2017, with a white Ford Falcon station wagon driven by Ms Fraser, police will allege.

Trevor was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics but died at the crash scene.

He was an active and well-liked member of the Tweed Heads Motor Cycle Enthusiast Club.

Trevor Moran - woman charged with his murder
Trevor Moran

Police are still urging witnesses to the incident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

It is unusual that a murder charge is being pursued over a road accident.

The matter is now “sub judice” which means it is before the courts and public discussion is not permitted.

However, in the interests of the motorcycle community, we will continue to follow this murder case.

12 Comments

  1. Mark, i don’t think you should be allowing public comment on a serious charge now before the courts. Such comments or opinion can be deemed prejudicial and may affect the outcome of any court case. I highly recommend you take down these comments now.

    1. Hi TJ,
      Thanks for your concern.
      As a former newspaper editor I’m aware of sub judice and have rejected some comments on this issue. However, I don’t believe any of the comments here are prejudicial.
      Cheers,
      Mark

  2. Just came off my bike a couple of days ago, thanks to a clueless driver making a sudden left turn across my path. Thankfully I only escaped with some road rash and a banged-up knee because I decided to brake hard and go down, rather than hit him head on.

    I’ve come to realise it’s NOT motorcycles that are dangerous – it’s moronic car drivers that make the roads dangerous for riders. And I’m going to say so from now on, every time I hear that stupid, stupid phrase ‘motorcycles are dangerous’.

  3. Nothing will ever change, we’re just treated as a consumerable item by car drivers and the politicians.
    Even when we’re standing still I get abused by car drivers.
    ” Motorcycles are dangerous” as they tell me.
    As I tell them, when was the last time you went in to motorcycle dealership and a bike pinched you on the ass and assaulted you.

  4. And there’s still the case of the ambulance collecting a lady on her Panigale. The last I heard was that it was being bounced and handballed around with no resolution in sight.

  5. As reported on the radio in our local area where this happened, she is on a murder charge because she (allegedly) did it deliberately. It was not a “road accident”.

    1. The element of intent is the crucial aspect for a murder charge.

      I contend that if it is not your intent to drive in a manner that safeguards human life, then it is your intent to harm a person; and as a result intent applies prima facie to all incidents involving human harm by way of a motor vehicle until otherwise investigated and found to be untrue. How different would the roads be if this were the case? Vulnerable road users would feel safe and the roads would not be the domain of might is right.

      1. One of the mental elements for murder in NSW is “reckless endangerment of human life”. I’m not saying this is the case here since nothing has (rightly) been made public.

  6. Re: IanJH.
    Indeed, to which I raise the questions.
    Believing that the Victorian statute of limitations is 12months, will Vicpol, let this one side through to the keeper, so to speak?
    Does not Mr Doug Fryer need to keep his anti motorcycling BS tactics and statisics intact?

    1. Hi GOB,

      There is no statute of limitations for serious crime in Victoria.

      The Limitation of Actions Act 1958 deals with limitation periods for taking civil action, not criminal action.

      Regards

      Terry O’Connor

  7. What I want to know is, what happened to the woman who crashed into two riders in Maribyrnong, Victoria in July last year. She collided with the two riders while cutting through traffic trying to get into a service station. Was she ever charged, and if not why not? A link to the story is:
    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/dash-cam-captures-two-motorcyclists-thrown-into-the-air-after-colliding-with-car-in-maribyrnong/news-story/5e943ed485e2427da27fe7e60656550a

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