A grandmother accused of causing the death of her two-year-old granddaughter in a car crash is seeking to downgrade the charge against her, the Adelaide Magistrates Court has heard.

Key points:

  • Valda Patricia Porter was charged following the July crash
  • A court has heard her lawyer and the prosecution are in negotiations over the charge
  • The case will return to court in February

Semaphore Park woman Valda Patricia Porter was driving along the Sturt Highway when her car hit a parked truck at the intersection with Job Road at Shea-Oak Log, north-east of Gawler, in July.

Her two-year-old granddaughter from Grange was one of the passengers in the car and was killed in the crash.

A six-year-old girl who was also a passenger in the car sustained serious injuries and was taken to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Ms Porter, 64, sustained serious injuries and had to be airlifted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Valda Patricia Porter appeared in the Adelaide Magistrates Court.(ABC News)

She was later charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

The court heard her lawyer and the prosecution were in negotiations over the charge.

Her lawyer said it was a “tragic” family incident, and he anticipated seeking the lesser charge of driving without due care for his client.

But prosecutors told the court they would proceed with the original charge of causing death by dangerous driving.

The matter will return to court in February.


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