Charges laid over fatal crash - Hunter Region

Wednesday, 08 February 2023 01:25:56 AM

A man will appear in court today charged with manslaughter following an investigation into a fatal crash in the Hunter Region last year.

Just before 11am on Saturday 1 October 2022, emergency services were called to Flaggs Road, Merriwa, following reports a Toyota Prado had lost control and left the roadway, before rolling a number of times.

NSW Ambulance paramedics attended and assisted the occupants; however, one of the passengers – a 10-year-old boy – died at the scene.

The driver – a 46-year-old man – and a second passenger – a 15-year-old girl – were airlifted to John Hunter Hospital for treatment.

Officers from Hunter Valley Police District attended and with assistance from the Hunter Crash Investigation Unit, commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash.

Following inquiries, crash investigators arrested the driver, now aged 47, at a Gungal home yesterday (Tuesday 7 February).

He was taken to Muswellbrook Police Station and charged with manslaughter, dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm - drive manner dangerous, cause bodily harm by misconduct, in charge of motor vehicle, negligent driving (occasioning death), negligent driving (no death or grievous bodily harm), and drive vehicle, illicit drug present in blood.

The man was refused bail to appear at Muswellbrook Local Court today (Wednesday 8 February 2023).