Driver charged; man left critical after crash, NSW

A man has been charged and police are continuing investigations after a serious-injury crash in Sydney’s south yesterday.

About 1.35pm (Wednesday 2 January 2019), a Toyota Corolla was travelling north on Connells Point Road, Connells Point, when it crossed onto the opposite side of the road, striking a parked BMW, before rolling onto its side.

The front-seat passenger, a 19-year-old man, suffered serious head and internal injuries, and was taken to St George Hospital in a critical condition.

The driver of the Corolla, an 18-year-old man, escaped injury and was taken for mandatory blood and urine testing.

A black Mercedes, which was travelling in front of the Corolla at the time of the crash, left the scene but was subsequently seized by police at an address in Sylvania.

The driver of that vehicle, an 18-year-old man, will be interviewed as part of the investigation.

After being released from hospital, the Corolla driver was taken to St George Police Station where he was charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, drive at speed and manner dangerous, and negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm. His licence was suspended.

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Sutherland Local Court on Tuesday 29 January 2019.

Police from the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit continue to conduct inquiries into the incident, including investigating whether the two cars were street racing.

Investigators are appealing for any witnesses, or anyone with dashcam vision that could assist the investigation, to come forward and contact police.

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.

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