Motorist charged with manslaughter after fatal crash in Rochedale

A man has been charged with manslaughter after another man was killed and a woman seriously injured in a horror crash at Rochedale earlier this month.

Police allege the 29-year-old Fortitude Valley man was behind the wheel of a ute which was travelling in the wrong direction on the Gateway Motorway when it collided with a hatchback around 4.20am on June 3.

The passenger in the hatchback, a 61-year-old Maroochydore man, was critically injured and rushed to the Princess Alexandra Hospital where he passed away.


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The 63-year-old female driver of the hatchback, also from Maroochydore, was taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital with serious injuries.

Following investigations into the fatal smash, officers arrested the 29-year-old in Good Night, south east of Bundaberg on Wednesday.

He has been charged with manslaughter and is due to appear in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court this morning.