A motorcyclist who was hit and killed by a ute that had allegedly run a red light in Sydney has been identified as a serving NSW police officer.
Constable Aaron Vidal was travelling home from work around 5.45pm on Thursday, when he was struck by the vehicle at the intersection of Windsor and Schofields Roads in Rouse Hill.
Despite desperate attempts by paramedics, the 28-year-old officer died at the scene.
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The driver of the ute, a 37-year-old man, was taken to hospital for mandatory testing before being transported to Quakers Hill Police Station where he was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death, and negligent driving occasioning death.
“Police will allege in court the collision occurred when the utility driver drove through a red light,” NSW Police said.
The man has been refused bail to appear in Blacktown Local Court later today.
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has extended his condolences to the Vidal family on behalf of the NSW Police Force.
“My thoughts are with Aaron’s family and fiancée, as well as his current and former colleagues at this difficult time,” Commissioner Fuller said.
“Aaron was one of six siblings and worked alongside his father, Chief Inspector David Vidal, at Sydney City.”
“Dave has always been incredibly proud of his son following in his footsteps and walking the beat side-by-side with him.
“He spent his entire policing career at Sydney City Police Area Command, where he has been part of the Proactive Crime Team since late last year, targeting crimes that directly impact the community.
“On two occasions he had been formally recognised for good police work by members of the community, which shows that he was held in high regard by not only his peers, but the community he served.
“Prior to joining the police force, Aaron served in the Australian Army, which further demonstrates his commitment to serving and protecting the community,” Commissioner Fuller said.
Constable Vidal’s family has requested privacy at this time.