Max Verstappen, Lance Stroll crash video, Portugal GP practice, Daniel Ricciardo, Bottas, 2020


A collision between Max Verstappen and Lance Stroll – and Pierre Gasly leaping from a burning car – overshadowed Valtteri Bottas topping the time sheet in Friday’s practice for the Portuguese Grand Prix.

Red Bull’s Verstappen made contact with Racing Point’s Stroll that halted the action and required both men to visit the stewards, after Gasly’s Alpha Tauri suffered a fire that caused an earlier stoppage.

The crash came at turn one when the Dutchman appeared to pay little heed to his rival’s position as he went outside him.

Stroll’s car was sent spinning into the gravel.

In a race, it might have been seen as a racing incident with blame for both men, but Verstappen was adamant, on team radio, that the Canadian driver required an eyesight test.

“Is this f***ing guy blind?” he yelled. ”What the f*** is wrong with him?”

Video replays suggested that Verstappen may have thought Stroll was completing a flying lap and easing off to allow him to begin his own but Racing Point’s team chief Otmar Schafnaeur said Stroll was doing two successive fast laps.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner accepted the incident was probably “50-50”.

“If I’m absolutely honest, you can look at it and say both had a role to play. Max has assumed Lance was going to back out, while Lance may not have even been aware Max was there,” Horner said.

Stewards investigated the crash and took no action after the pair agreed the “incident was the result of a misunderstanding between them” and that “both could have contributed to avoid” the clash.

It came after Gasly’s Alpha Tauri burst into flames, forcing him to pull up.

He climbed out safely as the marshals moved in and the session was paused for 16 minutes.

Bottas, who is 69 points adrift of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in the title race, maintained his habit of being “fastest on Friday” when he clocked a best lap of 1min 17.940sec to beat Verstappen by six-tenths of a second.

It was the sixth consecutive Grand Prix at which Bottas, who topped both of the day’s sessions, was fastest in opening practice.

Hamilton, who is hunting a record 92nd career win on Sunday, wound up eighth, 1.5 seconds off the pace, but without producing a competitive lap in an interrupted session that was twice stopped by red flags.

Norris was third ahead of Charles Leclerc of Ferrari, Carlos Sainz in the second McLaren and four-time champion Sebastian Vettel in the second Ferrari.

Gasly, who was unhurt after jumping out of his fiery car, was seventh ahead of six-time champion Hamilton, Esteban Ocon of Renault and Alex Albon, in the second Red Bull.

Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo was well back in 13th and drew the stewards’ ire after failing to use the correct set of tyres in the second session.

On a bright and cool afternoon in southern Portugal, the undulating track provided little grip and many challenges throughout the day.

Temperatures fell steadily in the afternoon session with two red flags interrupting the action.

The action began with Sainz spinning twice during a Pirelli prototype tyres test, in which Bottas was quickest and several drivers had lap times deleted for exceeding track limits.

Once the normal tyres were back in use, Leclerc went top before Ferrari teammate Vettel spun at Turn 14 and pitted.

Predictably, Bottas regained the initiative.

Meanwhile Mercedes CEO Ola Kallenius said that they would be ‘crazy’ to quit the sport as he sees interest in the sport booming, in particular among young people.

Teams have had to reflect on their plans ahead of next year’s implementation of a new binding commercial contract between the FIA, F1 and its teams — named the Concorde Agreement — and a complete set of new technical regulations.

The sport is also grappling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and environmental pressures on the automotive industry.

Kallenius said that F1’s planned introduction of a budget cap would help reduce costs for Mercedes and its racing team.

“We reassessed our Formula One commitment at the beginning of the year,” Kallenius told Germany’s Manager Magazin.

“The price for television rights is rising significantly. Interest in F1 is growing in Asia, Europe, South America … Everywhere. And the number of young fans is exploding, especially through social media and Esports.

“Should we throw that away? We would be crazy.”

– with AFP



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Woman airlifted after serious crash – Lake Macquarie – 16 News


A woman has been airlifted to hospital after a serious crash at Lake Macquarie this morning.

About 6.15am (Wednesday 21 October 2020), emergency services were called to the M1 at Morisset, following reports a Toyota Hi-Ace van had left the roadway and crashed.

Police were told the Toyota and a Kenworth B-double prime mover were both travelling north when the truck has attempted to change lanes. The Toyota attempted to take evasive action and has lost control causing the vehicle to leave the roadway and roll.

The Toyota driver, a 36-year-old woman, was trapped for a short time before being released by Fire and Rescue NSW.

She was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being airlifted to John Hunter Hospital where she underwent surgery for a fractured arm and head injuries.

The truck driver, a 34-year-old man, was uninjured.

Officers attached to Lake Macquarie Police District attended and commenced inquiries into the cause of the crash.

Police are urging anyone who may have dashcam footage of the incident to contact Crime Stoppers.



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Single vehicle crash on Hume Highway, diversions in place northbound | Goulburn Post



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The Hume Highway is closed to traffic heading northbound between the Illawarra Highway exit and New Berrima, following a single vehicle accident late this morning. A truck carrying crusher dust in a dog trailer was forced to take evasive action when a vehicle emerged from Golden Vale Road. The trailer flipped, but has since been righted. Hume Police say they are expecting the lanes to open within the next hour. In the meantime, the shoulder is open to heavy vehicles only, while cars are being diverted via the Illawarra Highway through Moss Vale and back onto the Hume Highway north of Berrima. Motorists are advised that traffic is heavy through the diversion area. READ ALSO: Berejiklian flags eased restrictions as NSW records five new cases We depend on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you are able, please subscribe here for the Southern Highland News, or please subscribe here for the Goulburn Post. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support.

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Bathurst 1000 2020, V8 Supercars live, qualifying: Scott McLaughlin crash, schedule, times, weather updates at Mount Panorama


Bathurst 1000 2020, V8 Supercars, qualifying (4.05pm AEDT)

Scott McLaughlin has topped the last practice session before ARMOR ALL Qualifying at Bathurst, despite crashing out in the dying minutes.

McLaughlin led the way as the field headed out for their final preparations for this afternoon’s 40-minute qualifying session.

With intensity levels soaring, McLaughlin looked poised to become the first driver to dip into the 2:03s this weekend when he made a mistake on the run to Forrest’s Elbow.

Follow all the action in our live blog below!



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Man dies in fuel tanker crash at Meadows in Adelaide Hills, fire causes road to melt


A 59-year-old Echunga man has died after his fuel tanker crashed into a tree last night at Meadows, in the Adelaide Hills.

The accident happened just after 11:00pm on Brookman Road, when the 14,000-litre truck left the road and rolled, before bursting into flames.

Witnesses who called triple-0 reported seeing flames shooting 20 metres into the air.

Seventy firefighters from the Country Fire Service and Metropolitan Fire Service fought the blaze, which melted parts of the road.

Brookman Road will be closed between Morris Road and Hammersmith Drive for most of the day as crews carry out repairs.

The Environment Protection Authority is at the scene to assess the environmental impact of the fuel spilling into Meadows Creek.

The remains of the fuel tanker after the crash on Brookman Road at Meadows.(Supplied: Kerry Glass)

Neighbour and fellow truck driver Drew Goldner heard and saw the explosion, and said he called triple-0 straight away.

“While I was on the phone to the emergency people there were couple of explosions — scared the hell out of me — flames were going up, tyres exploding.”

The man’s death brought the number of people killed on South Australia’s roads this year to 70.

Yesterday, a 22-year-old Felixstow man died after the car he was driving hit a tree and burst into flames on Main North Road at Elizabeth.

South Australia’s road toll at this time last year was 86.



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Porsche driver Richard Pusey granted bail as he fights charges linked to Eastern Freeway crash


Richard Pusey, the Porsche driver who pleaded not guilty to charges over a crash which killed four police officers on a Melbourne freeway, has been released on bail.

Mr Pusey has been in custody for close to six months, after he was arrested following the crash in April.

He faces 11 charges, including reckless conduct endangering life, possessing a drug of dependence and outraging public decency and was earlier this week committed to stand trial in Victoria’s County Court.

Mr Pusey may not face trial until late 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused major delays in the processing of cases in Victoria’s justice system.

Police had opposed Mr Pusey’s bail application, with a member of the Homicide Squad describing the 42-year-old as “a manipulative, controlling man” who “picks and chooses which laws he wishes to follow”.

Constable Glen Humphris, Senior Constable Kevin King, Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor and Constable Joshua Prestney were killed in the crash on April 22.(Supplied: Victoria Police)

On April 22, Mr Pusey was pulled over by Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor and First Constable Glen Humphris for allegedly driving his Porsche at 149 kilometres per hour on the Eastern Freeway.

Two other officers — Senior Constable Kevin King and Constable Joshua Prestney — arrived at the scene and were standing in an emergency lane when a truck veered into the lane, killing all four officers.

The truck’s driver, Mohinder Singh, has been charged over the officers’ deaths.

More to come.



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Tasmanian family ‘put through hell’ over man’s ‘preventable’ death after Thai motorbike crash


A grieving mother says she will “never recover” after her son died from a pulmonary embolism that had a “significant chance” of being prevented.

Kaye and John Brook are suing the Tasmanian Health Service in the Supreme Court in Hobart over the death of their 45-year-old son Jason Mark Brook in 2014.

Their case comes after a 2016 coronial investigation into his death revealed he had not been prescribed anti-coagulation therapy at either the Mersey or North West Regional hospitals in Tasmania’s north-west, despite being at risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and the prescription of such therapy being “standard treatment”.

Jason Brook had travelled to Thailand for a family wedding in October 2014 when he injured his left foot in a motorcycle accident.

His wound was treated in Thailand and he was given antibiotics, but after consulting with his family, he decided to return to Tasmania “in the event his injury became more serious and required further treatment”.

After landing in Devonport on October 21 he went straight to the Mersey hospital where an x-ray showed he had fractured his first metatarsal.

The next morning he was transferred to the North West Regional Hospital in Burnie where his wound was looked after, and his fracture immobilised in a plaster cast.

The North West Regional Hospital where Jason Brook also received treatment.(ABC News: Rick Eaves)

A few days later he was discharged and would later return to the Mersey as an outpatient.

Check-ups showed his wound was healing cleanly with no signs of infection and a below-knee fibreglass cast was applied.

In the early hours of November 7, Jason Brook was at home in his room when he called out to his father, John Brook, saying, “I am having a turn”.

When his father entered the room, he noticed his son’s breathing was “laboured and he was gasping whilst laying on his back”.

John Brook called triple-zero, but Jason Brook’s condition deteriorated as they waited for an ambulance and he became unresponsive. By the time it arrived, he was dead.

An autopsy revealed Jason Brook had died from a massive pulmonary embolism that resulted from deep vein thrombosis of the left leg.

Mother blasts treatment

Six years on, Kaye Brook is still “devastated”.

“We didn’t want him to lose a foot or a toe. We sent him home [from Thailand] thinking he would be safe, and this was the outcome,” she said.

She said she and her husband were “not coping”.

A man wearing a beanie stands in between his two sisters.
Jason Brook with his sisters Bernadette and Kirsten.(Supplied: Kaye Brook)

“I arrived home [from Thailand] the day he had died. My husband not only saw the death of his son, unable to help. He then had to pick me up from the airport and tell me our son had died. From a broken big toe!” she said.

But Kaye Brook is not just mourning, she’s “angry”.

She believes the way her son was treated by the hospitals was disgraceful, describing his death as “senseless”.

“It’s a horrific story that has devastated our family … they failed to follow protocol and we have been put through hell,” she said.

The coronial investigation into Jason Brook’s death found that at no point during his hospital stay or after discharge was he provided with anti-coagulation therapy.

‘Learnings and better practice’ as a result of man’s death

In a review provided to coroner Olivia McTaggart, the then-interim director of medical services for the North West, Tony Austin, said it was both his and the organisation’s opinion that Jason Brook “should have been administered anti-coagulation therapy as per recommended protocol guidelines”, as he had a number of risk factors.

He said a review showed daily anti-coagulation was commenced on the day of discharge, although not administered, and it was not continued as discharge medication.

“It is not clearly known why anti-coagulation therapy was not continued but thought likely due to human error and heavy workload of the junior doctors over the weekend period,” he wrote.

Coronial medical consultant Anthony Bell further stated that anti-coagulation therapy should be given during the entire period of immobilisation in a cast, including post-discharge.

In her findings, Ms McTaggart summed up Dr Bell’s position, writing: “If Mr Brook had been receiving anti-coagulation medication, there would have been a significant chance that his DVT, and subsequent death from PE, would have been prevented.”

Ms McTaggart did not make any recommendations, however, she commented that: “The death of Mr Brook highlights the need for vigilance and effective processes to ensure that patients receive appropriate post-surgery anti-coagulation therapy as recommended by relevant guidelines.”

In the Supreme Court in Hobart, Kaye and John Brook claimed the Tasmanian Health Service was negligent in that the hospitals failed to recognise the risk of Jason suffering from deep vein thrombosis and a failure to recognise, administer or prescribe anti-coagulation medication.

Supreme Court documents show the pair claim to be still suffering from nervous shock, depression, anxiety and PTSD.

Following the coronial investigation, the THS launched a further review into the use of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism prophylaxis in the North West region.

The THS has been contacted for comment.



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Eastern Freeway Porsche driver Richard Pusey vows to fight charges over crash that killed four police officers


Richard Pusey, the man accused of filming a police officer as she lay dying on a Melbourne freeway, has revealed he will be fighting the most serious charges levelled against him.

But Mr Pusey’s day in court may not come for up to three years, with Victoria’s justice straining at the seams because of delays due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Pusey now faces 11 criminal charges over the crash on the Eastern Freeway which killed four police officers, the most serious of which are reckless conduct endangering serious injury, possessing a drug of dependence, reckless conduct endangering life and outraging public decency.

He was today committed to stand trial in Victoria’s County Court.

Mr Pusey, 42, appeared by videolink today from the Melbourne Remand Centre at Ravenhall and when asked how he pleaded, said: “Not guilty, your Honour.”

His plea comes after the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court found there was not enough evidence to pursue four other serious charges against him, and prosecutors withdrew another charge.

The ruling today by Magistrate Donna Bakos comes after months of negotiations between prosecutors and Mr Pusey’s legal team, who argue their client has been “seriously overcharged”.

Police opposed bail calling accused ‘manipulative, controlling’

On April 22, Mr Pusey was pulled over by Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor and First Constable Glen Humphris for allegedly driving his Porsche at 149 kilometres per hour on the Eastern Freeway.

Two other officers — Senior Constable Kevin King and Constable Joshua Prestney — arrived on the scene and were standing in the emergency lane.

Moments later a refrigerated truck veered into and killed all four officers.

The truck’s driver, Mohinder Singh, has since been charged over their deaths.

Constable Glen Humphris, Senior Constable Kevin King, Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor and Constable Joshua Prestney were killed in the crash on April 22.(Supplied: Victoria Police)

Mr Pusey has been in custody since April and today applied for bail.

But police opposed his application, raising fears that Mr Pusey would endanger the safety and welfare of the public.

Detective Senior Constable Aaron Price, of the Homicide Squad, told the court that Mr Pusey had an “absolute disregard for the emotion of other people”.

“He’s a manipulative, controlling man,” Senior Constable Price said.

“The accused picks and chooses which laws he wishes to follow.

“When he clashes with people … he resorts to all sorts of tactics, mainly harassment, verbal abuse, intimidation.

“He’s threatened to kill people in relation to unpaid water bills.”

Trial won’t happen until 2022, Pusey’s lawyer says

Senior Constable Price also raised concerns about Mr Pusey’s alleged penchant to speed, telling the court that he paid thousands for anti-speed devices to be installed in his car.

“My concerns are that the accused does have a tendency to enjoy driving fast in what I would describe as flashy cars,” Senior Constable Price said.

But Mr Pusey’s barrister, Dermot Dann QC, said his client could be facing a delay of up to three years before he is able to go to trial.

He said Mr Pusey would be willing to effectively subject himself to home detention if he was granted bail.

“The fact is … the best that this man is looking at is … 2022,” Mr Dann said.

But Crown Prosecutor Robyn Harper told the court that while she accepted there were “substantial delays”, any sentence Mr Pusey was facing would still be longer than his time in custody.

Magistrate Bakos will make a decision on his bail application on Friday.



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Palmerston woman Andrea Groening, 25, jailed for killing son, friend in crash


The extended family of a seven-year-old boy who was killed in a crash caused by his mother, who was drunk and drug-affected at the time, have expressed anger over the sentence she has been served.

Andrea Groening, 25, was sentenced to prison in the Northern Territory Supreme Court in Darwin this morning on two charges of dangerous driving causing death and one of dangerous driving causing serious harm.

Groening’s seven-year-old son Mehali Groening-Pastrikos and friend Wade Williams were both killed in the crash on Tiger Brennan Drive in May 2019, while the driver of the other vehicle suffered serious injuries.

Groening received a sentence of four years and two months, to be suspended after 12 months.

In sentencing, Acting Justice Dean Mildren said: “In my opinion, your moral culpability is high.”

Tiger Brennan Drive was closed for hours after the crash.(ABC Darwin: Mitchell Abram)

The single mother from Palmerston — who was drunk and high on cannabis at the time of the crash — was granted a discount to her sentence because she entered an early guilty plea, had no prior convictions and demonstrated what the judge described as “genuine remorse” over the crash.

The court heard she was found to be “unsuitable” for a sentence of home detention.

Groening also has two surviving daughters aged two and four years old.

The court heard Groening had “yet to come to terms” with the death of her son and Mr Williams.

“[Groening has] a sense of emotional numbness … but there’s a sadness beginning to emerge,” the judge said.

Relatives say sentence too light

Relatives of the young boy killed in the crash said they believed the sentence did not reflect the crime’s severity.

In a statement read out after the court proceedings, Mehali’s paternal grandfather Michael Pastrikos said the sentence “will never be enough”.

“This was a completely avoidable, selfish act, that has given us so much grief and suffering,” Mr Pastrikos said.

Family of the young victim outside court.
Relatives of the young victim are unhappy with the court verdict.(ABC News: Tiffany Parker)

Another relative, John Zagorianos, said he had wanted to see more time in prison for Groening.

“What sort of justice is that?

“If you knew how it is to lose someone who we cherished, only then you can understand what grief we’re going through.

“This is a lifetime event for us — and she gets 12 months.”

Groening’s ‘tough’ family history

In his sentencing remarks, Acting Justice Mildren recounted the offender’s “tough” personal background.

The court heard about Groening’s tumultuous upbringing with a mother suffering from serious drug and alcohol problems.

“[She was] a hardcore drug user who would sleep for days,” Acting Justice Mildren said.

Groening met the father of her son Mehali while both were teenage students at Palmerston High School.

Mehali was removed from her care when she was 16 years old, but the court heard that order expired when Groening turned 20.

Mahali's grandfather Michael Pastrikos reads a statement to the media.
Mehali’s paternal grandfather Michael Pastrikos says he is disappointed with the sentence.(ABC News: Tiffany Parker)

The boy’s extended family today said they believed the Territory Families Department should have removed him from his mother’s care prior to the crash.

“We hope the events today trigger a review of Territory Families for their involvement in Mehali’s death,” said Mr Pastrikos.

“He should not have been in that car. He should not have been in her care.

Groening’s sentence was backdated due to time spent in custody to September this year.

Territory Families has been contacted for comment.



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