Truck driver Mohinder Singh has learnt his fate over a crash that killed four police officers on Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway.
Singh was short on sleep and high on drugs when he crashed a 19-tonne semi-trailer into the officers who had pulled over Porsche driver Richard Pusey on April 22 in 2020.
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Constable Lynette Taylor, Senior Constable Kevin King, and constables Glen Humphris and Josh Prestney died at the scene.
On Wednesday, almost a year to the day since the crash, Singh was sentenced in the Supreme Court.
He was sentenced to 22 years jail with a non-parole period of 18 years.
The courtroom was at capacity for the sentencing with family members of the officers present.
“There are events that shock the public conscience, this has been such an event,” Justice Paul Coghlan said.
Following the sentence, Josh Prestney’s father Andrew read a statement on behalf of the four families.
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Mohinder Singh, who was high and severely sleep deprived when he ploughed his prime mover into four police officers on Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway, has been jailed for 22 years.
Singh, 48, was ordered to spend at least 18 years and six months behind bars over the crash in April last year, which killed Constables Glen Humphris and Joshua Prestney, Senior Constable Kevin King and Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor.
The crash was the single greatest loss of life in Victoria Police’s history and today’s sentence means an end to the tragic chapter is now in sight, just days from the one-year anniversary.
In sentencing the father of two, Justice Paul Coghlan told the Supreme Court of Victoria that the incident had profoundly changed the lives of four families.
“The police officers had no hope,” Justice Coghlan said.
“Their deaths are entirely unnecessary and should have been avoided. Their deaths were caused by you.”
Singh has already served 357 days behind bars.
After the sentence was handed down, Constable Prestney’s father, Andrew Prestney, read out a statement on behalf of the victims’ families, thanking the first responders and police for their work and the Australian public for its “outpouring of love”.
“Even though justice has now been served in relation to the actual collision, no amount of punishment can replace the loss of our loved ones and the missing place at our tables that will be felt by us for the rest of our lives,” he said.
“We are consoled by the fact that our four will not be forgotten as we continue to carry them in our hearts.”
On April 22 last year, Leading Senior Constable Taylor and First Constable Humphris pulled over Melbourne man Richard Pusey for driving his Porsche at 149 kilometres per hour on the Eastern Freeway.
Two other officers — Senior Constable King and Constable Prestney — then arrived at the scene and were standing in an emergency lane when the truck, driven by Singh, veered into the lane, killing all four.
In the moments after the crash, Singh was heard wailing: “Oh no, oh no.”
He pleaded guilty to eight charges, including culpable driving causing death and drug trafficking.
It has since been revealed that Singh was seriously sleep deprived, with the court hearing that he could have only had five hours of rest in the three days before the collision.
He was also a prolific ice user, a habit which had made him actively psychotic at the time, causing him to see witches and believe in aliens.
His lawyer, Peter Morrissey SC, also told the Supreme Court that his client had allegedly received “significant pressure” from his boss, trucking manager Simiona Tuteru, to deliver one more load.
Mr Morrissey told the court that the men prayed together before Mr Tuteru allegedly said: “You are now healed, now take those chickens to Thomastown.”
Mr Tuteru has been charged with manslaughter over the crash but is planning to contest the allegations against him.
Singh has apologised to the families of the four police officers.
Justice Coghlan said the collision was burnt into the minds of many Victorians.
“There are events which shock the public conscience. This has been such an event,” the judge said.
“The unnecessary loss of the lives of four serving police officers, simply going about their duty, is a matter of huge community sorrow and regret.”
Justice Coghlan said he had watched the footage of the crash, which he described as “chilling”.
“It shows the inherent danger police officers face while going about relatively routine dangers,” he said.
“You drove to keep your job.
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A 52-year-old man known as an experienced pilot has died in a light plane crash in Koo Wee Rup, south-east of Melbourne.
Police said the pilot was taking off from an airfield in the area when his weight-shift microlight aircraft crashed about 6:50am.
Victoria Police Acting Inspector Glen Finlay said the 52-year-old Burwood man had taken off to about the height of the nearby trees before experiencing “technical difficulties”.
“From that point, the aircraft has unfortunately crashed to the ground,” he said.
The pilot was the only one in the ultralight glider and was pronounced dead at the scene.
A witness at the recreational airfield called emergency services after seeing the aircraft come down.
Acting Inspector Finlay said the witness was experiencing “a bit of shock, a bit of trauma, a bit of bewilderment about what’s happened”.
The pilot is understood to be someone who has been flying for a number of years.
“He is a by all accounts experienced pilot, does have the necessary qualifications and the experience to be flying today,” Acting Inspector Finlay said.
“We believe the weather conditions have been suitable at the time. There’s no mention of adverse weather conditions.”
Police were establishing whether the glider belonged to the pilot and whether it was linked to the nearby Mosquito Helicopters business.
In the early stages of the investigation, police were unable to say what the cause of the crash was likely to be.
“Thoughts go out to the families and the loved ones of the deceased person, and also the people that potentially have witnessed that today,” Acting Inspector Finlay said.
A police helicopter was at the scene and State Emergency Service (SES) crews conducted a line search for debris.
Police will prepare a report for the coroner, with oversight from the Sports Aviation Federation of Australia.
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A woman was taken to hospital following a single-car crash in Canberra’s south on Wednesday night. The crash happened about 9pm at the intersection of Drakeford Drive and Athllon Drive in Kambah. The crash resulted in the closure of several lanes in multiple directions for several hours. The woman was treated at the scene by paramedics, and suffered minor head injuries as a result of the crash. She was taken to Canberra Hospital for assessment. The woman was the only person in the car at the time of the crash. The roads were cleared shortly after the woman was taken to hospital.
A woman was taken to hospital following a single-car crash in Canberra’s south on Wednesday night.
The crash happened about 9pm at the intersection of Drakeford Drive and Athllon Drive in Kambah.
The crash resulted in the closure of several lanes in multiple directions for several hours.
The woman was treated at the scene by paramedics, and suffered minor head injuries as a result of the crash.
She was taken to Canberra Hospital for assessment.
The woman was the only person in the car at the time of the crash.
The roads were cleared shortly after the woman was taken to hospital.
The woman was taken to hospital following the crash. Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong
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A drunk driver has been jailed for hitting and killing four children as they walked to get ice cream in Sydney’s north-west.
Samuel Davidson was drunk and travelling 133km/h in a 50km/h zone when he ploughed into the group of seven children as they were walking and riding bikes on the footpath in Oatlands last year.
Abdallah siblings Antony, Angelina and Sienna, along with their cousin Veronique Sakr, were killed.
Davidson pleaded guilty to four counts of manslaughter and was today sentenced to a minimum of 21 years in jail.
His maximum sentence was set at 28 years, with a parole period of seven years.
The surviving Abdallah children left the court as the judge detailed the horrific injuries suffered by their siblings.
Veronique’s mother Bridget Sakr broke down as she heard the 11-year-old was projected furthest in the crash.
Davidson apologised to the family in a statement.
“I’m so sorry, I hate what I’ve put you through,” he said.
Outside court Danny Abdallah, father of Sienna, Angelina, and Antony said no sentence could bring the children back.
“Today Samuel Davidson was sentenced for 28 years and will be on parole in 21 years,” he said.
“Whether he gets one year or 100 years, it won’t get Antony, Angelina Sienna, and Veronique back.
“The most beautiful, innocent, pure-hearted children were killed on the 1st of February, 2020.
“We will all have our hearts broken ’til the day we take our last breath and no sentence can help ease that pain
“The justice system isn’t a place to serve as revenge for the victims, it is there to show the community the consequences of breaking the law.
“Where my disappointment lies is the way our culture loves drugs and alcohol. That’s where my frustration is more than the driver
“This is another milestone in our journey of grief.”
He also thanked Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife Jenny for “constantly checking in on us to see if we are okay” and “our Premier Gladys for reaching out to us”.
“We have experienced the true Aussie spirit – a mate that is there in hard times,” Mr Abdallah said.
“Hug your kids tight and love them unconditionally as you don’t know where life takes you.”
Veronique’s mother Bridget Sakr spoke outside court saying the driver’s loss is temporary, while theirs is permanent.
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Daniel Ricciardo’s bad blood with Formula 1 executives is raging again after a social media post that left the Aussie driver shaking his head.
The McLaren driver this week hit out at senior figures in Formula 1 over the inhumane glorification of crashes in ongoing promotion of the sport.
The 31-year-old led the contempt directed at Formula 1 following a series of replays being shown of former Haas driver Romain Grosjean during his frightening fireball crash at last year’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
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The former Renault and Red Bull racer was scathing in the aftermath of Grosjean’s crash, saying it was “disgusting” that the live TV broadcast continued to show a loop of replays of the scary incident during the hour-long break before the re-start of the race.
Ricciardo’s outburst resulted in him in December agreeing to meet with Formula 1 director of marketing and communications Ellie Norman to reach a peaceful resolution.
That had appeared to be the end of it, but an interview has now revealed Ricciardo is far from finished in his push to clean up the sport from its own employees.
Ricciardo has told UK lifestyle magazine Square Mile Formula 1 is still habitually crossing the line with its internal coverage of crashes and on-track drama.
He highlights a social media post from last year where the official F1 account promoted crashes as some of the biggest moments of the 2020 season, which was famously derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I think last year, F1 put on their social channels, like, ‘top 10 moments of the year’ or something, and eight of the ten were crashes,” he said.
“I was just like, you guys are f***ing idiots. Maybe 12-year-old kids want to see that kind of content, and that’s cool because they don’t know any better, but we’re not kids. Just do better, guys. Do better than that.”
He says in the interview the trending focus on drama has also been propelled in the highly-acclaimed Netflix documentary series Drive To Survive.
“I think the first season of Drive To Survive was awesome,” he said.
“I spend some time in the States, and I noticed it literally from one trip to the next.
“It was the first time I started being recognised and people referencing that TV series. So it certainly did us wonders, even – not to talk social media – but numbers on social media went nuts. It did a lot for us and the sport.
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“I mean the second season, there were some episodes or parts where I feel they forced it a little bit.
“They tried to create a bit of a rivalry between me and [Carlos] Sainz and it wasn’t really there. Like, he’s no more a rival than anyone else. There wasn’t any personal grudge with him, but I think [Netflix] wanted something, so a lot of questions led with asking about Carlos.
“Maybe no one noticed, but for me, I was like, he’s fine. I’ve probably got other guys that I dislike, you know, as opposed to Carlos… I mean, he dresses like a 60 year old, but otherwise he’s alright.”
Ricciardo’s comments strike a very different tune to the one that followed his initial meeting with the sport’s marketing boss.
“I think she was very understanding and appreciative, and I think also accepted my concerns as well,” he said at the time.
“She didn’t push back, I think she was trying to listen and learn as well, how they could maybe do things differently. But she also talked me through the reasons why they broadcast what they did.”
It came after he gave the administration a public slap in Bahrain last year.
“The way the incident of Grosjean was broadcast over and over, the replays over and over, it was completely disrespectful and inconsiderate for his family, for all of our families watching,” he said.
“We’re going to go race again in an hour and every time we look on the TV it’s a ball of fire and his car’s cut in half.
“I mean we can see that tomorrow, we don’t need to see it today.
“For me, it was entertainment and they’re playing with all of our emotions and I thought it was pretty disgusting.”
Grosjean famously escaped the crash and suffered only burns to his hands.
Formula 1 at the time defended the decision to replay the incident, saying the footage only rolled again when officials were certain Grosjean and the marshals who came to his aid were all safe.
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Lin offered his verbal resignation in a phone call Sunday with Taiwan’s premier Su Tseng-chang, CNA reported, saying he wished to step down and take responsibility for the accident.
Cabinet spokesperson Lo Ping-cheng told reporters that the Taiwanese premier commended Lin for showing accountability but declined to discuss the resignation.
The busy passenger train was carrying 490 people to the country’s Taitung region on Friday morning, when it derailed in a tunnel in eastern Taiwan.
The train came off the rails in a tunnel just north of Hualien, causing several carriages to hit the tunnel wall. At least 200 people were injured in the crash.
The train driver is among the dead, according to Taiwan’s fire department.
The accident occurred just as a long weekend began for the nation’s Tomb Sweeping Day public holiday.
One couple on the train told CNA they were on their way to Taitung to sweep tombs and pay their respects to deceased family members, as is traditional for the event.
The train was so full that many people were standing, they said.
Taiwan’s mountainous east coast is a popular tourist destination and the crash occurred just east of the picturesque Taroko National Park.
Taiwan’s President, Tsai Ing-wen said Friday her government will “continue to do everything we can to ensure [passenger] safety in the wake of this heartbreaking incident.”
Leaders of nearby countries have extended their sympathies to the victims and offered assistance to the Taiwanese authorities.
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A multi-car and truck crash left a one-year-old child in hospital and sparked major traffic delays on a popular Melbourne freeway.
A truck is believed to have collided with a Toyota Corolla on the Robinsons Road off-ramp of the Western Freeway in Derrimut about 1.30pm.
The impact of the collision forced the Corolla into a Volkswagen Golf, leaving it sandwiched between the truck.
The driver of the Toyota and her one-year-old passenger were taken to hospital.
The other passenger in the Toyota was trapped for some time before being removed by emergency services and he was taken to hospital with serious lower body injuries.
The male driver of the Volkswagen was taken to hospital for precaution and the truck driver was taken to hospital for blood tests.
In a statement, Ambulance Victoria confirmed three people were taken to hospital.
A woman in her 30s was taken to The Royal Melbourne Hospital with upper and lower body injuries and an infant was taken to the Royal Children’s Hospital in a stable condition with no obvious injuries.
A man in his 30s was taken to The Alfred hospital. His condition and injuries are not yet known.
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Inquiries are underway into a single-vehicle crash near Cessnock overnight.
About 11.15pm (Thursday 8 April 2021), emergency services were called to a private road at Pelaw Main and found a Subaru Forrester had hit a barrier.
A 17-year-old youth suffered critical injuries after he was thrown from the front passenger seat and died at the scene.
The 17-year-old driver of the vehicle was taken to John Hunter Hospital with minor injuries; he’s also undergone mandatory testing.
Officers from Hunter Valley Police District established a crime scene and have commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash.
A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.
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A drunk and drugged driver who killed four children in a crash at Oatlands, in Sydney’s west, has been sentenced to 28 years in prison.
Samuel William Davidson lost control of his ute while excessively speeding, mounted a curb, and hit a group of seven children in February last year.
Siblings Antony, 13, Angelina, 12, and Sienna Abdallah, 9, and their cousin, Veronique Sakr, 11, died at the scene.
Three other children were injured in the crash, one of them has been left with a permanent brain injury.
Judge James Bennett described Davidson’s driving as “menacing” and a “horrific example” of misconduct.
“Tragedy was inevitable,” Judge Bennett said.
“The magnitude of the tragedy, though, unimaginable.
Davidson, 30, pleaded guilty to several charges, including four counts of manslaughter.
On the day of the crash, he had spent more than 12 hours drinking, and he was three times over the legal limit when he hit the children.
He also had cocaine and other drugs in his system.
The court heard that immediately after the crash Davidson, who was uninjured, said: “What have I done? I’ve killed people. I’m going to jail.”
Judge Bennett sentenced Davidson to a “substantial” jail term of 28 years.
He will be eligible for parole in 2041.
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