A MAN has been charged with dangerous driving causing death after losing control of his ute and crashing into a creek, killing his female passenger.
The vehicle ended up in Stoney Creek at Pembrooke, near Port Macquarie on the New South Wales Mid North Coast, about 8.15am on Friday.
Police said witnesses rushed into the water and pulled the male driver and his female passenger out of the sinking ute, but it was too late.
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Sadly, despite the best efforts of bystanders to save the 49-year-old woman, she could not be revived and died at the scene, police confirmed.
The 44-year-old man who was driving the vehicle was taken to Port Macquarie Base Hospital with minor injuries.
He was also subjected to mandatory drug and alcohol testing before being released.
Following inquiries, the 44-year-old was arrested at a house at Telegraph Point about 7pm last night.
He had his licence suspended and has since been charged with dangerous and negligent driving occasioning death-drive manner dangerous.
The man was held in custody overnight and due to front Port Macquarie Local Court today.
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