Family of Lucas Heights driver accused of road death lashes out at media

The family of a young man charged with a fatal crash at Lucas Heights lashed out at the media outside a Sydney court today.

Anthony Kopura, 18, from Engadine was shielded from television cameras by his family as he left the Downing Centre.

Kopura was allegedly drug-effected when his Holden Commodore sedan crossed to the wrong side of New Illawarra Road about 5pm on Sunday, October 15 and collided with a Nissan Navara utility.

The head-on collision claimed the life of 63-year-old Marie Diven who died in hospital from her injuries almost three weeks later. 

Four months after the accident Gregory Diven remains in a brain rehabilitation unit at Liverpool.

On Facebook Mr Diven wrote: “The alleged driver cost me my wife of more than 20 years just when we were starting to consider post-work life. Now I have to learn to live without her”.

While police allege they found ice and cannabis in Kopura's car, he was not charged until they received the results of mandatory drug and alcohol tests which led to allegations he had also taken the drugs.

Kopura did not enter a plea to the charges, which include dangerous driving occasioning death, negligent driving and drug driving.

The case will return to court next month.