Man found not guilty of dangerous driving causing death

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A DRIVER in a head-on crash on a highway near Perth that killed a married couple and caused the other driver to have his leg amputated has been found not guilty of three charges.

Craig Stanners’ four-wheel drive collided with Neil Lange’s ute on Brookton Highway in Lesley just after midday on June 29, 2017, killing 68-year-old Raymon McMeikan, whose wife Wendy McMeikan, 67, later died in hospital.

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Mr Lange, 69, suffered life-threatening injuries including six broken ribs and a smashed pelvis, and one of his legs was so badly shattered it had to be removed below the knee.

Mr Stanners, who sustained a brain injury, went on trial in the District Court of WA last week, charged with two counts of dangerous driving causing death and one count of dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm.

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Prosecutors argued Mr Stanners, 50, caused the crash by travelling onto the wrong side of the road but his defence counsel said Mr Lange veered into the wrong lane.

Mr Stanners was acquitted of all charges on Friday.