17 August 2023

Driver charged after passenger dies in hospital five days after crash

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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A 32-year-old man is set to face Wagga Wagga Local Court in October after being charged with dangerous driving. Photo: File.

A 30-year-old man has died five days after being left critically injured following a two-vehicle collision on the Hume Highway last week.

Police said emergency services were called to the Hume Highway in Tarcutta at about 8 am last Friday (11 August) after an SUV and a truck collided.

NSW Ambulance paramedics treated the passenger of the SUV before he was airlifted to Canberra Hospital in a critical condition.

The 32-year-old driver of the SUV was also treated at the scene before being taken to Wagga Wagga Base Hospital with minor injuries.

Police said the driver of the truck, a 38-year-old man, was not injured.

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Riverina police officers established a crime scene while officers from the Crash Investigation Unit led the investigation into the crash.

Police said they were informed on Wednesday (16 August) the 30-year-old male passenger had died that morning.

The driver of the SUV was then arrested and taken to Wagga Wagga Police Station, where he was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death and negligent driving occasioning death. He also had his licence suspended.

He has been granted conditional bail to appear before Wagga Wagga Local Court on Wednesday 4 October.

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