5 August 2021

Blood tests 'critical' in case of driver accused of killing ice hockey star

| Albert McKnight
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Lachlan Seary

Rising star of CBR Brave Lachlan Seary died in a car crash earlier this year. Photo: CBR Brave Facebook.

The results of blood tests are “critical” in the case of a driver charged over a crash that killed ice hockey star Lachlan Seary, a court has been told.

ACT Policing alleges Peter James Loeschnauer, 29, was in a car seen reaching speeds of at least 160 km/h on the Monaro Highway moments before the crash at about 1:00 am on 8 March 2021.

They allege he was driving a Honda Civic that collided with the rear of a Toyota Corolla driven by 19-year-old Mr Seary near Hume.

Police allege that after being hit from behind, the Corolla spun into the centre median, rolled and hit a tree.

Mr Loeschnauer was not injured in the crash. He was allegedly almost four times over the legal driving limit with a blood alcohol level of 0.186 and had MDMA in his system.

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He was charged with manslaughter, dangerous driving, as well as drink and drug driving, but did not appear in person before the ACT Magistrates Court on Thursday (5 August), the second time his case had been mentioned in court.

His lawyer, Tom Taylor from McKenna Taylor, sought an adjournment with the consent of the prosecution.

He said his client’s second blood sample had been sent for further testing to a facility in Adelaide, but the tests had been delayed due to the state’s coronavirus lockdown.

Mr Taylor expected the results would arrive by early September, and he said they would be “critical” in determining how the matter would be resolved.

Magistrate Beth Campbell adjourned the case to 16 September.

As Mr Loeschnauer issued his charges via summons, he is not on bail.

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