Man ejected from vehicle in horror crash in Sydney’s west

A man remains in hospital after being ejected from a vehicle in a horrifying crash in Sydney’s west on Friday morning.

Police said the Mazda 6 sedan was travelling along Richmond Road just before 3.30am when it lost control and ploughed into bushland.

A male passenger aged in his mid 20s was ejected from the vehicle on impact. He was stabilised by paramedics at the scene before being rushed to Westmead Hospital with serious head and chest injuries.

The male driver, also believed to be in his mid 20’s, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Westmead Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.

Police are urging witnesses to come forward as investigations into the circumstances surrounding the crash continue.

Driver dies after crashing while attempting to overtake car in Qld

A man has died after crashing his car while allegedly trying to overtake a vehicle near Gympie, north of the Sunshine Coast.

Police said the man was driving a station wagon north along Old Maryborough Road at Corella around 1pm when it’s alleged he attempted to overtake the vehicle in front, but instead collided into the side of it and veered off the road and head-on into a tree.

The 58-year-old man from Parklands died at the scene. He was the only person travelling in the wagon. The driver and occupant of the second vehicle were not physically injured.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating and is urging anyone who may have seen the incident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Man seriously hurt after 4WD rebounds off tree and is hit by passing car

A man has been airlifted to hospital with serious internal injuries following a horror two-car crash in Sydney’s north-west.

Police said the 39-year-old’s 4WD had left Boundary Road at Oakville, about nine kilometres from Windsor, at around 3.20am on Saturday and struck a tree.

The vehicle allegedly rebounded off the tree and spun into the path of an oncoming utility.

The 39-year-old man from North Rocks sustained serious internal injuries in the crash.

He was airlifted to Westmead Hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition after undergoing surgery.

The driver of the utility, a 40-year-old man from Maraylya, was treated at the scene and was taken by road to Westmead Hospital to be checked as a precaution.

Crash Investigation Unit officers are appealing for anyone who may have witnesses the crash, or the moments leading up to the collision, to come forward.

Man caught driving naked while playing with sex toy on Good Friday

A man who was pulled over by police for driving too slow in Central West NSW was allegedly high on drugs, naked and using a sex toy.

Police were patrolling the town of Orange as part of Operation Tortoise on Good Friday when they intercepted a vehicle for travelling at extremely slow speed at around 2.40pm.

As officers approached the vehicle, they allegedly found a 30-year-old man naked behind the wheel. Police allege the man had been using a sex toy while driving. The explicit item was found nearby.

The man was allowed to dress before being subjected to a mobile drug test in which he allegedly failed. Further checks on the man’s license also revealed it had been disqualified.

He was arrested and taken to Orange Police Station for further drug testing. Police are awaiting results of the second sample which is still being analysed before pressing charges.

Hunt continues for gunman who shot driver dead on Sydney street

1.30PM: Homicide detectives are still searching for the shooter who shot dead an innocent bystander after opening fire during an argument over a girlfriend with two other men on a residential street in Sydney’s west.

Devoted husband and father-of-one Qusay Al Mhanawi, 46, was on his way to the local shops to pick up his mother and had just got into the driver’s seat of his car outside the family home on Matthew Avenue in Heckenberg around 6.30pm on Friday when he was gunned down.

Detectives allege suspected gunman Matthew Russell, 28, had opened fire on two brothers, aged 20 and 25, who were walking along a footpath near Mr Al Mhanawi’s house following an argument over one of their girlfriends.

The 25-year-old allegedly sought shelter from the gunfire beside Mr Al Mhanawi’s vehicle and the spray of bullets struck the innocent father in the head.

While slumped behind the wheel and bleeding profusely from the head, Mr Al Mhanawi’s vehicle lurched forward and mounted the curb, pinning the younger brother under the car.

Mr Al Mhanawi died at the scene while the 20-year-old was taken to hospital with a broken collar bone.

Homicide detectives are desperately searching for Mr Russell who they allege fled the scene in a silver 2015 model Holden Commodore with NSW registration CB-62-ZS. He has not been seen since.

PHOTO: NSW Police Force

suspected gunman Matthew Russell, 28, is still on the run from police PHOTO: NSW Police Force

Police allegedly found his silver Commodore hidden away in the garage of a home in nearby Green Valley at around 9.30pm on Saturday.

A 20-year-old woman and a man, aged 30, were arrested and have since been charged with concealing a serious indictable offence. The man has also been charged with a detention application.

The following graphic, published by the Daily Telegraph, shows how the shooting is believed to have unfolded.


A graphic illustrating how the shooting is believed to have unfolded PHOTO: The Daily Telegraph

According to the Daily Telegraph, Mr Russell is well known to police. The newspaper today revealed Mr Russell had recently released from jail and has an extensive criminal history.

Anyone who sees Mr Russell is urged not to approach him, but to contact Triple Zero (000) immediately.

7.30AM SUNDAY: A MAN and woman have been charged in connection to the fatal shooting of an innocent father in Sydney’s west.

Qusay Al Mhanawi, 46, was sitting in his car outside his home on Matthew Avenue in Heckenberg on Friday night when he was hit by a stray bullet. He died at the scene leaving behind a wife and two-year-old child.

Detectives allege 28-year-old Matthew Russell fired the bullets, intended for two brothers who he had become embroiled in an argument with over one of their girlfriends.

Mr Russell remains at large. Police say he fled the scene in a silver 2015 model Holden Commodore.

Just before 9.30pm last night, detectives raided a home on Falcon Circuit in Green Valley and found the silver Commodore in a garage with no number plates.

The vehicle was seized and will be forensically examined.

A 20-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man were arrested at the scene and taken to Green Valley Police Station where they have each been charged with concealing a serious indictable offence.

Anyone who sees Mr Russell is urged not to approach him, but to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

– Additional reporting by Rachel Junge

12.20PM SATURDAY: A gunman who opened fire on a quiet residential street in Sydney’s south-west last night, killing a motorist after shooting him in the head, remains at large.

Police say a 46-year-old man was struck by a stray bullet while sitting in the driver’s set of his car on Matthew Avenue in Heckenberg, just after 6.30pm.

It’s alleged the driver of another vehicle had opened fire on two pedestrians during an altercation nearby when a bullet hit the 46-year-old in the head, killing him instantly.

His vehicle then lurched forward and struck one of the pedestrians.

Police this morning confirmed they are searching for 28-year-old Matthew Russell who was last seen driving a silver 2015 model Holden Commodore with NSW registration CB-62-ZS near Matthew Avenue at the time of the shooting.

PHOTO: NSW Police Force

PHOTO: NSW Police Force

Homicide detectives believe Matthew may be able to assist them with their investigation.

Anyone who may know where he is, or may remember seeing him in the last 12 hours, is urged to contact police.

Anyone who sees Matthew or his vehicle is urged not to approach, but to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

2.00AM SATURDAY: Police have confirmed a gunman remains at large following a public shooting in Sydney’s south-west overnight where a motorist was killed after being shot in the head on a residential street.

In a statement released to media overnight, police said the 46-year-old driver was struck by a stray bullet while sitting his his car Matthew Street in Heckenberg, 36 kilometres south-west of the city’s CBD, just after 6.30pm.

Police said initial investigations indicated that another motorist had opened fire on two male pedestrians, aged 20 and 25, during an unrelated altercation when a bullet struck the 46-year-old in the head, killing him instantly.

The victim’s car then lurched forward onto a footpath where police said it struck the 20-year-old male pedestrian.

The motorist who opened fire fled the scene before emergency services arrived.

The 20-year-old pedestrian was treated by paramedics at the scene for minor injuries before being taken to Liverpool Hospital where he remained in a stable condition overnight.

The 25-year-old pedestrian was uninjured and taken to Green Valley Police Station for questioning.

Dozens of police saturated the area in search for the shooter, but he could not be found.

Officers later raided a home in nearby Eucumbene Street in hope of finding the gunman, but the house was empty.

Matthew Street remained sealed off overnight as forensic and ballistic specialists combed the area for evidence.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad are investigating and are urging anyone with any information to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.