A husband who was allegedly drunk when he got behind the wheel of a car that crashed and killed his wife has been charged over her death nine months after the accident.
Peter Dowker was charged with killing his wife after crashing their car while taking a long left-hand bend in the Gold Coast suburb of Tallai last year.
Police have alleged the 47-year-old got behind the wheel drunk before smashing the vehicle about 8pm on July 9, killing retired school teacher Lana Hufnagl, 57.
Peter Dowker was charged with killing his wife, Lana Hufnagl (pictured), after crashing their car while taking a long left-hand bend in the Gold Coast suburb of Tallai last year
He has been charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death while adversely affected by an intoxicating substance and driving under the influence of alcohol, the Courier Mail reported.
Dowker was also injured in the collision and received treatment at Gold Coast University Hospital before being released.
He is next due to face court June 5.
The mother-of-two’s family said they were relieved Dowker had been charged, saying ‘we feel like justice needs to be served’.
She was remembered as ‘the most caring, outgoing, fit 57-year-old who would talk to anyone and was a very trusted person’ by a family member who chose not to be named.
Police have alleged the 47-year-old got behind the wheel drunk before smashing the vehicle (pictured) at about 8pm on July 9, killing his retired school teacher wife
‘People would instantly warm to her and she’d light up a room. She’d take the shirt off her own back to help someone, she was so selfless.’
The mother had returned from a cruise around the Pacific Islands with one of her daughters, Ursula, just hours before she was killed in the crash.
Ms Hufnagl and Dowker had been married two years and known each other about six.
The family, including her twin grandsons who still ‘cried for her every day’, had been ‘suffering really badly’ since losing Ms Hufnagl.
‘We are finding it hard to cope every day without her,’ they said.
The accident happened on a long bend on The Panorama (pictured) and council have since considered installing a guard rail to prevent future fatalities
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