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Trucking company worker arrested, charged with manslaughter

A man has been arrested and charged with manslaughter over the horrifying crash on the Eastern Freeway in Melbourne on April 22, which killed four police officers.

Detectives arrested the Simeon Tuteru, 49, in Lyndhurst at about 9:20am on Saturday.

He was charged with four counts of manslaughter, and granted bail at an out of session court hearing on Saturday night.

Mr Tuteru is the Victorian manager of Connect Logistics, the company that owned the truck involved in the crash.

Lynette Taylor, Glen Humphris, Joshua Prestney and Kevin King were killed on duty after police intercepted a Porsche, which was allegedly travelling at more than 140km/h.

All four officers were standing in the emergency lane of the freeway, deciding to impound the car, when the truck drove into them.

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The driver of the Porsche, 41-year-old Richard Pusey, has since been charged with nine offences, which include driving at a dangerous speed, reckless conduct endangering life, and failing to render assistance.

He allegedly verbally abused one of the officers, Senior Constable Taylor, after the crash, before fleeing the scene.

The driver of the truck, Mohinder Singh Bajwa, was charged with four counts of culpable driving causing death after a joint investigation by the Major Collision Investigative Unit and the Homicide Squad.

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The trucking company, Connect Logistics, has faced intense scrutiny in the wake of the tragedy.

In May, Victoria police travelled to New South Wales and raided the company’s head office in Riverstone, seizing a number of documents, including log books.

New South Wales Police then penalised Connect Logistics for a string of safety breaches, including truck defects and the use of overworked and fatigued drivers.

Seven News Melbourne was the first to report that Mr Tuteru was the man arrested on Saturday.

Mr Singh has apologised for the officers’ deaths. He spoke via a statement released by his lawyer in early May.

“Mr Singh is genuinely sorry and saddened that four people have lose their lives as a result of the collision,” the short statement reads.

“He is acutely aware of the impact upon the families, friends and work colleagues of those that lost their lives.”

He did not apply for bail when he faced court, and is due to return for a committal mention on October 1.

Funerals have been held for all four officers. A state memorial service will take place when coronavirus measures are lifted.

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Trucking company involved in Eastern Freeway crash hit with safety breaches

More than 60 trucks were inspected at locations including Wetherill Park, Marulan, Wagga Wagga and Pine Creek.

NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said the probe would ensure the company did not pose a safety risk on the roads.


“We will continue to work with other police and road agencies to ensure that fleets are safe, and drivers fit and able to operate on our roads,” he said.

Mr Singh, 47, has been charged with culpable driving causing the deaths of Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, Senior Constable Kevin King and constables Glen Humphris and Josh Prestney.

He was denied bail on May 3 and released a statement through his lawyer at the time saying he was “genuinely sorry and saddened” about the deaths.

His lawyer told a court Mr Singh had anxiety and depression and might have had an undiagnosed psychiatric issue his whole life.

The Porsche driver involved in the incident was refused bail on Thursday.

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Trucking company Connect Logistics raided over police deaths

Police have raided three NSW properties linked to the trucking company of the driver who allegedly killed four police officers in a Melbourne freeway crash.

Victoria and NSW police searched the Connect Logistics head office in Riverstone in Sydney’s northwest and two homes in nearby Kenthurst on Tuesday morning.

The homes are linked to two of the company’s managers, Nine reports.

Mohinder Singh, the truck driver accused of killing four police officers in the horror crash, appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court last week charged with culpable driving causing the deaths.

The 47-year-old did not apply for bail and is due to return to court on October 1.

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Singh said he was genuinely sorry and saddened about their deaths, in a statement released by his lawyer Steve Pica.

Leading Senior Constable Lynnette Taylor, Senior Constable Kevin King, Constable Glen Humphris and Constable Joshua Prestney were killed on duty while they were impounding a Porsche on the Eastern Freeway at Kew on April 22.

Police allege Porsche driver Richard Pusey, 41, was clocked doing 149km/h while under the influence of methylamphetamine and cannabis, prompting police to impound his car.

The officers were hit while they were dealing with Pusey who then allegedly filmed the crash site and verbally abused Sen Const Taylor before running away.

Pusey, of Fitzroy, was charged with nine offences including driving at a dangerous speed, reckless conduct endangering life, failing to render assistance and drug possession.

He also did not apply for bail and remains in custody until his next court date in July.

The four constables were farewelled at private funerals, as tributes flowed for them across the state.

A state memorial service will be held for them when coronavirus measures on large gatherings are lifted.


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