Soldier Charged after Fatal Accident at Holsworthy Barracks

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Police from the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit have today charged a soldier with several offences after the vehicle he was driving overturned at Holsworthy Barracks, in Sydney’s south-west last year.

About 8.45am on Monday 8 October 2012 a troop carrier was being driven on an unsealed road during a routine military training activity.

It will be alleged that the vehicle failed to negotiate a left hand bend, left the roadway and struck a small tree before overturning.

At the time of the crash there were three personnel seated in the cabin of the vehicle and a further 15 in the rear. All the rear passengers were ejected from the vehicle.

Military police and paramedics, as well as police from Liverpool Local Area Command, NSW Ambulance Paramedics and a rescue helicopter, responded quickly to the crash.

Those onboard sustained various injuries and were conveyed to a number of hospitals. A 21-year-old man was conveyed to Liverpool Hospital in a critical condition with head injuries but died three days later.

Officers from NSW Police Force’s Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit facilitated charges recommended by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

About 10am today (Wednesday 14 August 2013) the 21-year-old male driver of the vehicle presented at The Rocks Police Station where he was arrested and charged with dangerous driving occasioning death and six counts of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.

The man was granted conditional bail to appear at the Downing Centre Local Court on 16 September 2013.

SOURCE: NSW Police Media