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Driver charged after fatal crash - Tighes Hill

Monday, 07 November 2022 07:47:44 AM

A man will appear in court today charged following an investigation into a fatal crash in the state’s Hunter at the weekend.

About 11.10pm on Saturday (5 November 2022), emergency services were called to Maitland Road, near Henry Street, at Tighes Hill, after reports a car had left the road and collided with a power pole.

Initial inquiries suggest a Hyundai i30 was travelling east on Maitland Road when it left the roadway and collided with a power pole, splitting it in half and ejecting the male passenger from the vehicle who died at the scene.

The driver, a 31-year-old man, was able to free himself from the wreckage and was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to John Hunter Hospital with minor injuries.

Officers from Newcastle City Police District attended and established a crime scene which was examined by specialist police from the Hunter Crash Investigation Unit.

About 1.30pm yesterday (Sunday 6 November 2022), the driver was arrested after being discharged from hospital and taken to Newcastle Police Station.

He was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death – drive manner dangerous and negligent driving (occasioning death).

The man was refused bail and will appear in Newcastle Local Court today (Monday 7 November 2022).

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.