Police charge driver over fatal pedestrian crash at Wollongong

A second man has been charged after a woman died, and two people were hospitalised after being struck by a car in Wollongong at the weekend.

Emergency services were called to the Princes Highway about 10.30pm on Saturday (7 November 2020), after reports a Toyota Camry had lost control, mounted the kerb and struck three pedestrians walking along the footpath, before hitting a power pole.

A 19-year-old woman was found critically injured, with officers from Wollongong Police District performing CPR until the arrival of paramedics.

Two other pedestrians, an 18-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man, were also injured. A 20-year-old male pedestrian escaped injury.

They were all treated at the scene before being taken to Wollongong Hospital, where the older woman died.

The younger woman is being treated for a fractured pelvis, while the man is being treated for leg and rib fractures.

The Toyota driver, an 18-year-old man, and front seat passenger, a 21-year-old man, were arrested and taken to Wollongong Hospital for mandatory testing.

The passenger was charged on Sunday (9 November 2020), and remains before the courts.

The driver was taken to Wollongong Police Station yesterday (Monday 9 November 2020), after being discharged from hospital.

He has been charged with dangerous driving occasioning death – drive manner dangerous, dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm – drive manner dangerous, negligent driving (occasioning death), negligent driving (occasioning grievous bodily harm), cause bodily harm by misconduct, in charge of motor vehicle, fail to stop & assist after vehicle impact causing death.

The Wollongong man was refused bail to appear at Wollongong Local Court today (Tuesday 10 November 2020).

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