Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Father charged over crash that killed his 4-year-old daughter

The father of a four-year-old girl killed in a horrific crash in the state’s Northern Tablelands at the weekend has been charged over his daughter’s death and the death of a 72-year-old woman in the vehicle he collided with.

Police will allege the 42-year-old man’s four-wheel-drive veered onto the wrong side of the road before crashing into the elderly woman’s sedan.

Emergency services were called to Thunderbolts Way, Nowendoc, following reports of the collision between a car and a four-wheel-drive pulling a campervan, about 12.20pm on Saturday.

The sedan driver and sole occupant, a 72-year-old woman, died at the scene.

The man’s four-year-old daughter, one of four children in the four-wheel-drive, was treated on scene for critical injuries before being airlifted to John Hunter Hospital, where she died a short time later.

The man was treated on scene for minor injuries before being taken to the same hospital for mandatory testing.

His other passengers, a 34-year-old woman, two boys (aged nine and 12) and a two-year-old girl were also taken to hospital, where they were treated for fractures, abrasions and stomach injuries.

The man attended Newcastle Police Station today, where he was arrested and charged with nine offences including:

  • Two counts of dangerous driving occasioning death;
  • Dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm;
  • Negligent driving occasioning death, negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm;
  • Four counts of cause bodily harm by misconduct in charge of motor vehicle;
  • Not keep left of dividing line.

He was granted conditional bail and is due to appear before Tamworth Local Court on October 19.

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