Police will allege Riley David Paul Middleby (left) was behind the wheel when a ute crashed at the Lifestyle Supports' Diddillibah property on December 13. Picture: Laura Pettigrew
Police will allege Riley David Paul Middleby (left) was behind the wheel when a ute crashed at the Lifestyle Supports' Diddillibah property on December 13. Picture: Laura Pettigrew

Driver charged with fatal deep water crash faces court

A young man who allegedly had drugs in his system and crashed a ute into deep water which claimed the life of a disability service client has faced a Coast court.

Police will allege Riley David Paul Middleby was behind the wheel when a ute crashed at the Lifestyle Supports' Diddillibah property on December 13.

Police and paramedics enter the Lifestyle Supports property at Diddillibah after a 29-year-old man was seriously injured when a ute crashed into water. Picture: File
Police and paramedics enter the Lifestyle Supports property at Diddillibah after a 29-year-old man was seriously injured when a ute crashed into water. Picture: File

Mr Middleby was charged with dangerously operating or interfering with the operation of a vehicle causing death and driving while a relevant drug was present in his blood or saliva after the crash.

Police previously confirmed the 30-year-old passenger, who was 29 at the time of the crash, was on life support at Sunshine Coast University Hospital but died when machines were turned off on December 18.

Officers said the car became submerged in a deep body of water.

They said the man was trapped for a short time before being removed via the rear window.

They also confirmed the driver and a 19-year-old front seat passenger managed to escape.

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Sunshine Coast Criminal Investigation Branch officer Craig Mansfield confirmed in December the man who died was a client at Lifestyle Supports' Diddillibah property.

Mr Middleby did not enter a plea when he faced Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Friday.

Defence lawyer Noel Woodall represented the 22-year-old.

Police prosecutor Stuart Lydford told the court a brief of evidence was being prepared.

Sergeant Lydford confirmed outside of court police would allege water was involved in the incident.

Magistrate Maxine Baldwin asked for the brief of evidence to be provided by May 19.

Ms Baldwin adjourned the matters to June 4.