Driver accused of leaving passenger to die on roadside after horror crash

A DRIVER who allegedly fled the scene of a horror fatal crash on the NSW Mid North Coast, leaving his passenger to die in the wreckage, has been arrested and charged.

The 39-year-old man is accused of crashing a white Holden Commdore sedan on a winding road at Wootton, around 20km north of Bulahdelah, of the morning of Sunday, October 15.

It’s understood the driver lost control on a slight bend in the mountainous road before the sedan slid out and slammed side-on into a tree, with the front passenger seat taking the full impact. Read more here.


The recommended speed limit for the bend where the crash occurred is 75km/h.

A passerby called triple zero after finding the Commodore wrapped around the tree around 6am.

A 37-year-old man who is believed to have been a front seat passenger was found dead in the wreckage.

The driver, however, was nowhere to be found. He had allegedly fled the scene immediately after the impact, leaving his passenger to die on the side of the road.

The 39-year-old man bolted through thick bushland and, after spending two weeks on the run from the law, was arrested near Newcastle yesterday, 100km from where the accident occurred.

Police said the man was behind the wheel of a vehicle that was intercepted by police on The Esplanade at Warners Bay just after 7pm last night.

He was arrested and taken to Belmont Police Station where he spent the night being questioned by police.

He has since been charged with three serious offences, including dangerous driving occasioning death (drive manner dangerous); fail to stop and assist after impact causing death; and negligent driving (occasioning death).

The Wootton man was remanded in custody overnight and due to appear in Newcastle Bail Court today.