Man charged 15 years after fatal crash

A man is due to appear in court today charged almost 15 years after a fatal crash at Karuah.

It was about 3.30pm on Saturday 13 January 2001, that a red Toyota Supra and a white Toyota HiAce campervan collided on the Pacific Highway at Karuah.

Police will allege the collision occurred as a result of the Supra crossing to the incorrect side of the road.


The campervan driver, a 26-year-old woman, died as a result of injuries sustained in the collision.

Her passenger, a 23-year-old man, and three men from the other vehicle were all air-lifted to John Hunter Hospital with extensive injuries.

After the Supra driver was discharged from hospital, he allegedly departed Australia for Turkey three weeks later, and Newcastle Local Court issued seven warrants for his arrest.

About 2.40pm yesterday (Tuesday 6 October 2015), police spoke with a 38-year-old man they allege was acting suspiciously in the Leichhardt area of Sydney.

A check of the man’s details revealed there were seven warrants outstanding for his arrest.

The man was taken to Newtown Police Station, where he was charged with the warrants, along with:

• Dangerous driving occasioning death – drive manner dangerous;

• Dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm – drive manner dangerous (three counts);

• Drive while disqualified from holding a licence;

• Negligent driving (occasioning death); and

• Drive while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

The man was refused bail to appear in Newtown Local Court today (Wednesday 7 October 2015).