A 64-year-old Victorian woman charged over a crash which killed four women on their way home from a night of line dancing may deny she's responsible for their deaths.
Elaine Middleton, Margaret Ely, Dianne Barr and Claudia Jackson, aged 64 to 75, were returning home from dancing on May 5 when a Jeep allegedly T-boned their Kia on an isolated stretch of road at Navarre, in Victoria's west.
Stawell resident Lorraine Nicholson, who is on bail, is charged with four counts of dangerous driving and four counts of culpable driving causing death.
She is also accused of failing to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Stawell-Avoca Road and Ararat-St Arnaud Road and driving 89 km/h in an 80 zone.
All four women in the Kia died of internal injuries, while Nicholson suffered non life-threatening injuries.
In her first court appearance on Friday, Nicholson's lawyer Andrew Madden told Ballarat Magistrates Court the matter may proceed to a jury trial.
He argued Nicholson's name should be suppressed from media reporting given she "lives in a small town and is readily identifiable".
He also argued that because the matter had attracted "significant media attention", a potential trial could be prejudiced.
But the request was refused by magistrate Gregory Robinson.
Nicholson was supported in court by her husband and son and was not required to speak during the short filing hearing.
The court was also told Nicholson must surrender her passport as part of her bail conditions.
She was remanded on bail to reappear at the court on a September 20 for a committal mention.