Uiatu 'Joan' Taufua, mum of Brisbane Broncos' Payne Haas' is 'devastated over ... trends now
The mum of an NRL star charged over a head-on crash that claimed three lives has been left 'devastated' over the tragedy and still 'isn't well' as she battles serious injuries in hospital.
Uiatu 'Joan' Taufua, 46, the mum of Brisbane Broncos star Payne Haas, remains in hospital under police guard with extensive internal injuries and bruised lungs four days after her black Mercedes allegedly smashed into a silver Mercedes in Bonogin on the Gold Coast hinterland on Friday.
Susan Zimmer, 70, her partner Chris Fawcett, 79, and Ms Zimmer's daughter Steffanie, 35, died in the fiery crash while sole survivor Taufua had to be dragged from her Mercedes wagon before she was rushed to hospital in a critical condition.
Taufua was charged with three counts of manslaughter on Monday, hours after she allegedly refused to be interviewed by police from her hospital bed.
She was also charged with one count each of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, evading police and driving without a licence.
Her matter was briefly mentioned in Southport Magistrates Court on Monday where she was represented by her high-profile lawyer Leah Johnson.
Sole crash survivor Uiatu 'Joan' Taufua (pictured in 2019) is devastated over the 'tragic event'
Flanked by Taufua's husband and brother leaving court, Ms Johnson said her client would remain in police custody if she was released from hospital before her bail application next week.
'I'm not sure about (when she will be released) – the doctors haven't told me that,' Ms Johnson told reporters outside court.
'It's a really tragic event for everybody, and Ms Taufua is devastated that people have died as a result of it.'
It comes as more details emerged about the moments leading up to the tragedy.
Detectives said they've been able to 'paint a picture' of what allegedly happened through CCTV and eyewitness accounts.
Police will allege Taufua was driving erratically at high speed in the