A 51-year-old South Australian man charged over a crash at Penola that left two people dead on Easter Sunday has been granted bail.

WARNING: This article contains an image from the scene that some readers may find distressing.

Shane Robert Leistra of Coonawarra appeared in Mount Gambier Magistrates Court via phone from hospital this afternoon charged with two counts each of causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious harm by dangerous driving.

Mr Leistra’s Ford ute was one of three vehicles involved in the crash near the intersection of the Riddoch Highway and Three Mile Lane just after 5:15pm on Sunday.

A 62-year-old man and 54-year-old woman from the Mount Gambier suburb of Suttontown died at the scene and two Victorian women were seriously injured.

Mr Leistra suffered minor injuries in the crash and two other people in the Victorian car were uninjured.

A Ford sedan involved in the crash near Penola on March 31, 2024.(Supplied: SA Police)

The court heard that a sample of Mr Leistra’s blood was taken and that police were awaiting the results of a toxicology report.

Police did not oppose Mr Leistra’s bail application but the prosecutor told the court there were concerns that he may face repercussions from the community if he was released, though no specific threats had been made.

The court also heard that a police report stated that Mr Leistra had so far shown a “lack of remorse”, but the prosecutor said she could not comment on why that was the case.

Mr Leistra had been served a 12-month instant loss of licence, but Magistrate Koula Kossiavelos also imposed a bail condition barring him from sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle.

Mr Leistra will return to court for a charge determination hearing in November.

The deaths were the 22nd and 23rd on South Australian roads this year, compared with 39 at the same time last year.

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