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Accused killer driver bailed to spend Christmas in Echuca

By Ivy Jensen

A P-PLATER charged over a horror crash that killed a mother has been released on bail to spend Christmas with his family in Echuca.

Macaulay Gray, 20, is charged with dangerous driving causing death after a crash at Seaford on December 5 killed Rose Kelly.

Channel 9 reported Macauley Gray was released on bail after less than a week behind bars after receiving permission to "travel to Echuca with his loved ones for Christmas".

Gray was allegedly speeding and using his phone before the collision.

News Corp reported Ms Kelly was driving on the Nepean Hwy in Seaford when police allege Gray crossed over the centre lane and collided with her car about 6.30am.

The Sandringham man was arrested at the scene and remanded in custody.

He later appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court which heard the former Brighton Grammar student was on his way to work in Mt Eliza from his home in Sandringham.

Police found a bag of powder in the car, but tests have not yet been done on the substance.

There has been no suggestion Mr Gray was drug-affected at the time of the crash.

Magistrate Peter Reardon said Gray was required under bail legislation to show “compelling reasons” why bail should be granted.

Gray's lawyer Wayne Toohey said a combination of factors amounted to compelling reasons, including his lack of criminal history, young age, strong family support and his fragile mental state.

Mr Toohey said his client was devastated by the accident.

Mr Reardon adjourned the hearing for a week to consider the case before granting him bail.

Gray is facing a maximum sentence of 10 years’ jail.