Police Charge Driver Over Fatal Crash At Lake Macquarie

An unlicensed driver has been charged following a fatal crash at Lake Macquarie last month.

Emergency services had been called to Freemans Drive, Cooranbong, about 12.15am (Sunday 14 April 2024), after a northbound car hit the rear of parked SUV.

An 18-year-old man in the front passenger seat died at the scene.

The 17-year-old driver was freed by emergency services and taken to John Hunter Hospital, while a 43-year-old man in the SUV suffered minor injuries.

Officers from Lake Macquarie Police District established a crime scene before the investigation was taken over by specialist officers from the Hunter Crash Investigation Unit.

The driver – now aged 18 – was arrested when he attended Newcastle Police Station yesterday (Saturday 11 May 2024). He has now been charged with dangerous driving occasioning death – drive manner dangerous, and negligent driving occasioning death.

He has been granted conditional bail to appear in Broadmeadow Children’s Court tomorrow (13 May 2024).

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