Police update: Driver charged as critical incident investigation continues at Sutherland

A man will face court today charged over a fatal crash in Sydney’s south earlier this week, as a critical incident investigation continues.

About 4.14am on Monday (18 April 2022), officers attached to Sutherland Traffic and Highway Patrol attempted to stop a Ford Falcon at Sutherland.

The driver did not stop as directed, a pursuit was initiated and terminated within seconds due to the manner of driving.

The Ford continued into Rawson Avenue and struck a power pole.

Police arrived at the crash site and removed all occupants, rendering first aid until NSW Ambulance paramedics arrived.

One of the passengers, a 17-year-old male, died at the scene. The driver and a second passenger, both aged 21 – were taken to St George Hospital where they have undergone surgery.

Police established a crime scene and – with the assistance of specialist police from the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit – commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash.

Following inquiries, the 21-year-old driver was charged yesterday (Thursday 21 April 2022) with seven offences, including;

• aggravated dangerous driving occasioning death – escaping pursuit,

• aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm – escaping pursuit,

• aggravated dangerous driving occasioning death – speed more than 45 over limit,

• aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm – speed more than 45 over limit,

• negligent driving occasioning death,

• negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, and

• licence expired less than 2 years before.

The Illawong man was refused bail and the matter will be heard at Sutherland Local Court today (Friday 22 April 2022).

The investigation regarding the critical incident continues under Strike Force Cusps and will be subject to an independent review.

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