The mother of one of Brisbane Broncos star players has been charged with manslaughter following a crash in which three people sadly died in Gold Coast, Australia.
Broncos’ forward Payne Haas’ mother, Uiatu ‘Joan’ Taufua, was allegedly in a two-car collision that resulted in the deaths of all three occupants of the other car and she has now been denied parole and remains in prison at Women’s Correctional Centre.
The incident happened on December 30th and it was confirmed today that Ms Taufua has been charged on three counts of manslaughter in addition to one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, driving without a licence and evading police.
Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Proctor said: “We’re still painting the picture with CCTV … we’ve got a lot of footage.”
Fox Sports in Australia also report that Proctor told reporters that Ms Taufua, 46, that police would allege she was driving in an “extremely dangerous manner” with her Mercedes wagon alleged to have been driven on the wrong side of the road.
The incident with which the manslaughter charges are brought against her saw a car forced off road into a power pole with the three occupants having to be freed by emergency services before sadly passing away at the scene.
Ms Taufua remains in hospital and Broncos’ star Payne Haas has yet to pass comment.
It marks another difficult off-field incident for the Brisbane side following TC Robati being stood down following an alleged incident in which he will face a sexual assault charge.
His Broncos’ team had reported the incident to the NRL Integrity Unit following their knowledge of it and await the correct legal procedures to take place.