Charges following fatal crash east of Mudgee

Friday, 20 October 2023 01:22:49 PM

Driver charged following fatal crash near Mudgee earlier this week

About 4.20pm on Monday (16 October 2023), emergency services were called to Lue Road at Mount Knowles, about 20km east of Mudgee, following reports of a two-vehicle crash.

On arrival, officers from Orana Mid-Western Police District found a Mitsubishi Triton and a Ford Falcon had collided before leaving the road into a nearby paddock where the Mitsubishi crashing into a creek.

A passenger in the Mitsubishi, an 18-year-old man, died at the scene.

The 25-year-old Mitsubishi driver was flown to Westmead Hospital where he remains in a serious condition.

The Ford driver, a 29-year-old man, was arrested and taken to Mudgee Hospital for mandatory testing. He was later taken to Mudgee Police Station before being released pending further investigation.

A crime scene was established, and officers attached to the Crash Investigation Unit launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash.

Following inquiries, the 29-year-old man was arrested yesterday (Thursday 19 October 2023) and charged with dangerous driving occasioning death drive manner dangerous, dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm drive manner dangerous, negligent driving occasioning death and negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.

He was granted strict conditional bail to appear before Mudgee Local Court on Tuesday 5 December 2023.