Man charged with murder over fatal Capel highway crash

The scene on the highway in February. Photo: screenshot from 7 News.
The scene on the highway in February. Photo: screenshot from 7 News.

The man accused of going on a deadly rampage down Bussell Highway in Capel in February has been charged with murder after his 4WD collided head-on with another car killing its driver, Jenni Pratt. 

Shaun Southern, who remains in hospital after being injured in the crash, was charged with murder, acts or omission causing bodily harm or death and reckless driving. 

A bedside hearing was held Monday afternoon.

The 46-year-old is alleged to have driven onto the wrong side of the highway on February 18, forcing dozens of oncoming motorists to swerve or drive their vehicles at high speed into roadside ditches to avoid a collision. 

Ms Pratt was returning from an outing with a friend when her RAV4 was hit head-on by the 4WD Mr Southern was driving. She died at the scene. 

WA Police said Mr Southern's next court appearance would be at Stirling Gardens Magistrate Court on March 29.

It is understood Mr Southern lives in Busselton and is a father-of-two.