Thursday, 23 September 2010

Will be interesting to see how this goes in court

A truck driver has been charged with manslaughter over the death of a cyclist who was killed while riding on a western Sydney motorway, police say.

The cyclist, a 35-year-old from Wollongong named by media as David Williams, was pedalling along the M4 at South Penrith in April with three others when a B-double ploughed into them.

It is alleged the truck veered into the breakdown lane at South Penrith about 7.40pm.

A 25-year-old man, his 20-year-old sister and a third man, aged 23, were seriously injured.

The group were not long into their trip from Sydney's western suburbs to the Blue Mountains.

A 27-year-old Colyton man has been charged with a range of offences including manslaughter, aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, driving under the influence of alcohol or other drug, and driving a vehicle with an illicit drug found in blood.

He was granted bail and will appear at Penrith Local Court next month.

No matter what precautions you take as a cyclist, if there's a speeding, aggressive, drug fueled truckie coming up behind you, your number is probably up.

1 comment:

Warren said...

Further to your story, a link to the SMH article makes for grim reading -
Truck ploughs into cyclists on M4: one dead, three injured

This paragraph in particular -
After the heavy vehicle hit the cycling group, Mr Williams was dragged beneath the truck for 100 metres, police said. The truck continued travelling west down the highway for another 900 metres, allegedly weaving and smashing into crash barriers and slicing a chunk out of a light pole.

And this -
Police confirmed last night that the company for which the truck driver was working, Penrith Soil and Sand, was involved in a fatal road accident two weeks ago on the M7 motorway.

The head of the police Crash Investigation Squad, Senior Sergeant Peter Jenkins, said the two accidents bore striking similarities. ''In both cases the trucks involved were tippers with dog trailers veering into the breakdown lane,'' he said.

Here is a link to this first incident
One dead, one critical in M7 horror crash

and a brief outline

Shortly after 9am a semi-trailer travelling south along the M7 between Quakers Hill parkway and Sunnyholt Rd, Quakers Hill, hit a station wagon which was parked in the breakdown lane.

The male driver of the station wagon died instantly.

The male driver of the semi-trailer has significant injuries and remains trapped in the cabin of the truck.

As you say, "Will be interesting to see how this goes in court"