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Tradie appears in court over ladder that led to rider’s death

A Gold Coast man charged after a ladder allegedly fell off his ute, causing a crash that killed a motorcyclist, has faced court.

May 05, 2021, updated May 05, 2021

Brodie Troy Smith, 40, was allegedly driving his Mitsubishi ute on the Pacific Motorway in Queensland on November 2 at Nerang when the crash occurred.

Police allege a ladder fell from the tray of his ute and into the path of a 53-year-old motorcyclist who was riding behind the vehicle.

The rider tried to swerve to avoid the ladder but was struck by another vehicle.

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The motorcyclist was fatally injured and died at the scene.

Smith appeared in Southport Magistrate Court on Wednesday charged with one count of dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death.

He did not enter a plea and was remanded to reappear on May 20 for committal mention.

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