Crown to re-enact fatal DPP crash

A RECONSTRUCTION of the fatal crash involving Tasmania's Director of Public Prosecutions Tim Ellis will be presented as evidence when the case starts in the Hobart Magistrates Court on Monday.

Mr Ellis, 58, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of causing death by negligent driving in a crash on the Midland Highway a year ago that claimed the life of 27-year-old Launceston woman Natalia Pearn.

Police allege Mr Ellis crashed his Mercedes Benz into Ms Pearn's hatchback near Oatlands on March 24, killing her instantly. 

New South Wales Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions John Pickering, SC, acting as Crown prosecutor for the case, told magistrate Chris Webster in a procedural hearing yesterday that he would seek to play a DVD that re-enacts the crash.

The re-enactment was created by members of Tasmania Police driving a Mercedes Benz at the scene of the fatal crash in a way they allege Mr Ellis was driving.

Mr Pickering said if the DVD was excluded as evidence the prosecution would request that Mr Webster attend the scene on the Midland Highway to view evidence.

Lawyers for Mr Ellis asked to be told what distance the prosecution will allege was between the vehicle crossing to the other side of the road and the collision, as well as further details of affidavits signed by police officers, so a defence could be prepared.

Mr Webster said he was satisfied with the details of the case and that Mr Ellis knew what was alleged of him.

Mr Webster said Mr Ellis would be free to take breaks during the trial if his injuries, which he sustained in the crash, required him to.

``I expect him to be there,'' Mr Webster said. 

The trial is expected to run for four days.