Drug driver accused of killing 2 mechanics on the Sunshine Coast questioned

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Drug driver accused of killing 2 mechanics on the Sunshine Coast questioned

An alleged drug driver who was accused of running down and killing two young mechanics on the Sunshine Coast has been questioned by a judge this morning.

Kelly Renee Liddicoat, 43, of Warana, faces one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death while adversely affected by an intoxicating substance and one count of driving while under the influence.

The police allege that Ms Liddicoat's sedan struck Lleyton Bartlett, 22, from Baringa, and his colleague Aaron Pitt, 25, of Currimundi, on April 21 at 3: 30 pm.

The couple were working on a broken-down bus on the side of Nambour Connection Road in Woombye.

Both men suffered critical injuries and were transported to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital where they died later.

Ms Liddicoat sat in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court this morning, supported by family, while the family and friends of Mr Bartlett and Mr Pitt were visibly emotional, watching on from the public gallery.

The men's employer, Queensland public transport operator Translink, paid tribute to the pair, saying the company was very saddened about the incident.

This is tragic news and we send our condolences to the families and staff involved, a spokesman said.

Ms Liddicoat's appearance was brief, lasting just a few minutes, as her bail was extended.

Her lawyer requested an adjournment so that police prosecutors could prepare a brief of evidence.

The case is due to be brought before the court on August 19.