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Man charged over Austinmer fatality

A MAN has been extradited from Queensland and charged over a fatal car crash in Austinmer more than a decade ago.
About 10.30pm on Friday July 7 2000, a southbound Ford Meteor station wagon and a northbound Toyota van collided in the northbound lane of Buttenshaw Drive at Austinmer.
The impact caused the station wagon to hit a tree. One of the rear passengers – a 21-year-old man – was ejected from the car and died at the scene.
A 17-year-old girl suffered serious injuries while an 18-year-old woman suffered minor injuries. Both were rear passengers.
The front passenger – a 16-year-old girl – suffered minor injuries. The driver of the van wasn’t injured.
Following the incident, warrants were issued for the arrest of the driver, who could not be located.
Acting on information received via Crime Stoppers, Queensland Police arrested a 38-year-old man at a home on Russell Island.
On Saturday August 2, the man was extradited to NSW and was taken to Mascot Police Station where he was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death; dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm; and 15 related offences. He’s been refused bail and is due to appear at Campbelltown Local Court on Wednesday August 6.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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