Sunshine Coast man Ken Altoft was killed in November while working as a traffic controller on the Bruce Hwy at Tanawha.
Sunshine Coast man Ken Altoft was killed in November while working as a traffic controller on the Bruce Hwy at Tanawha. Contributed

Charge dropped against accused death driver

THE driver accused of killing a traffic controller on the job at Bruce Highway roadworks will remain behind bars, as prosecutors amend the charges against him.

Traffic controller Ken Altoft, 56, was working on the highway between the Sunshine Motorway and Forest Glen on November 7, 2017, just after midnight when he was hit by a car and died at the scene.

Aron Duffy, 47, was initially charged over the fatal crash with dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death while intoxicated and excessively speeding, but allegations he was intoxicated at the time of the crash were dropped yesterday after blood tests taken after the crash returned a negative result.

Mr Duffy has instead been accused of fleeing the crash scene, before police caught up with him a short time later, suffering a head injury that left him in hospital under police guard as court proceedings began last year with a bedside hearing.

On Friday Magistrate Rod Madsen amended the charge in Maroochydore Magistrates Court to dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death while speeding, with the additional aggravating feature of leaving the scene of the crash.

Mr Duffy also faces a separate charge of drug possession, unrelated to the fatal crash.

The Maroochydore man remains behind bars following his arrest, and his lawyers have not yet made an application for bail.

The matter was adjourned until April 6 so Mr Duffy could give his lawyers further instructions on the new charge.

Mr Duffy is set to appear on that date by video link from jail.


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