Truckie faces manslaughter charge over M4 crash

Police have charged a truck driver with manslaughter after a crash on Sydney's M4 that killed a cyclist

September 23, 2010

A truck driver will face court next month on a litany of charges, including manslaughter, following a fatal crash on Sydney’s M4 earlier this year.

Police have charged the 27-year-old driver after he allegedly veered into the breakdown lane of the M4 at South Penrith on April 10, hitting a group of cyclists. A male cyclist died at the scene and three others were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The driver will front Penrith Local Court on October 13 accused of manslaughter; dangerous driving occasioning death; three counts of aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and negligent driving occasioning death.

He has also been charged with multiple drug offences, with police alleging the driver had illicit substances in his blood. He is also accused of breaching fatigue management obligations by driving for more than 12 hours in a 24-hour period.

Another truck driver will face court over a separate incident on the M7 on March 24 this year when his truck collided with a car parked in the breakdown lane. The car driver was killed and the 39-year-old truckie suffered serious injuries.

He will face Blacktown Local Court on November 2 accused of dangerous driving causing death and negligent driving. Police have also charged him with illicit drug use.

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