BMW driver charged after mum and daughter killed in horror Christmas crash

A MAN has been charged over a horror crash which killed a mother and daughter in Brisbane on Christmas Day.

The horrific accident happened on Manly Road at Manly West around 11am on Christmas morning.

Police said a black BMW sedan mounted a median strip near Lockwood Crescent and ploughed through a tree, ripping it from the ground, before smashing head-on into a grey 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer.


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The Lancer was carrying the Tritton family; father Lawrence (55), mother Karin (56), and daughters Tameka (23) and Makayla (18). Police said they were en route to meet with relatives for a Christmas lunch when tragedy struck.

It’s understood Tameka was driving at the time of the accident.

Sadly, her mum Karin and younger sister Makayla sustained life-threatening injuries and could not be saved.

Police said Makayla was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, while her mum was rushed to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital where sadly she succumbed to her injuries and died on Christmas night.

Tameka and her dad survived the collision and remain in hospital with serious but “non-life-threatening injuries”.

The driver of the BMW, 46-year-old Mark Veneris from Capalaba was taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital where he also remains with what are believed to be serious injuries.

He has since been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing grievous bodily harm and was granted bail at a hospital bedside hearing on Boxing Day.

The 46-year-old is due to front Wynnum Magistrates Court on January 15.

According to 9 News, Mr Veneris reportedly admitted having a history of drug and alcohol addiction to police, who allegedly found a pipe used to smoke drugs inside his car.

It’s understood police are still awaiting the results of blood and urine tests to see whether he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash.

Road Policing Command Superintendent David Johnson described the scene of the crash as “horrendous”.

He said many people, police officers included, had been left “quite traumatised” by the scene. A number of police officers left the scene in tears, he said.

Senior Sergeant Lukia Serafim was among one of the first officers on the scene and said “as a wife and a parent”, she found it “very, very difficult to deal with”.

“It was a very challenging, very horrific scene,” she said.

Snr Sgt Serafim was forced to answer one of the family member’s phones as it rang at the scene to speak to a relative who was waiting for them to arrive for lunch just two minutes away.

Investigators are continuing to appeal for witnesses or anyone who may have dashcam footage of Mr Veneris’ black 2004 BMW 325I sedan being driven in the area on Christmas Day to contact police.

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