Man removed from international flight now charged over Chifley crash, NSW

A man is due to face court next month charged over a crash in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs at the weekend in which two men were seriously injured.

Officers from the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit arrested a 22-year-old man at Sydney Airport about 9pm (Monday 29 July 2019), on board a flight to Dublin.

Police allege the man was the driver of a Mazda 323 that hit a van parked on Burke Street, Chifley, about 2am on Saturday (27 July 2019).

The driver and a back-seat passenger left the from the vehicle while the 25-year-old front passenger and a 27-year-old rear-seat passenger were trapped before being freed by emergency personnel.

The younger man was taken to St George Hospital where he remains in a critical but stable condition. The older man was taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

Following inquiries, CIU officers arrested the alleged driver after his plane was requested to return to the boarding gate.

The man was taken to Prince of Wales Hospital where he was treated and released into the custody of a CIU officer.

He was taken to Mascot Police Station where he was charged with:

  • Dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm – drive manner dangerous
  • Fail to stop and assist after vehicle impact causing grievous bodily harm
  • Cause bodily harm by misconduct, in charge of motor vehicle (two counts)
  • Fail to stop and assist after impact cause injury (two counts)
  • Negligent driving (occasions grievous bodily harm), and,
  • Not give particulars to owner of damaged property.

He was refused police bail before appearing in Central Local Court today (Tuesday 30 July 2019), where he was granted conditional bail to appear in Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday 15 August 2019.

Inquiries continue to locate the fourth man.

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