31 August 2022

UPDATE: Police probe fatal Kambah crash, pleading 'drive as if it's your family driving towards you'

| Claire Fenwicke
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The ACT has recorded its 11th road fatality for the year, with a man killed in a crash in Kambah. Photo: ACT Policing.

UPDATE 1 pm – What caused the male driver of a red Volkswagen to cross onto the wrong side of the road will form part of the investigation into last night’s fatal collision in Kambah.

A 42-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene after a head-on collision involving his car and a 4WD utility at about 5:40 pm yesterday (Monday, 29 August).

The female driver of the ute was taken to hospital with “significant but not life-threatening injuries”, according to ACT Road Policing Acting Inspector Travis Mills.

He urged anyone who had seen the Volkswagen Passat station wagon in the minutes before the crash to get in touch.

“How that vehicle crossed from the westbound lanes onto the eastbound lanes [of Sulwood Drive will form part of the investigation],” Act Insp Mills said.

The weather, conditions of the road, the speed of both drivers and whether drugs or alcohol played a part will also be investigated.

“Our investigators on scene indicated that the road surface was wet, indicated that it had been raining for some time before the collision,” Act Insp Mills said.

The female drive of the involved 4WD utility was taken to hospital with significant but not life-threatening injuries. Photo: ACT Policing.

The ACT’s road toll for the year now stood at 11, with police urging all motorists to drive to the conditions, be aware of their surroundings and be considerate of other road users.

“Any loss of life on our road is an unnecessary loss of life … most loss of life on our roads can holistically be avoided,” Act Insp Mills said.

“Please, drive to the conditions, drive as if it’s your family driving towards you.”

Anyone who saw the red-coloured Volkswagen Passat station wagon in the minutes leading up to the crash on Sulwood Drive has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, quoting reference number P2098327.

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7:25 am – Eleven people have now been killed on Canberra’s roads this year, following a head-on collision in Kambah.

Emergency services were called to a crash on Sulwood Drive near Colquhoun Street, Kambah, at about 5:40 pm yesterday (Monday, 29 August).

A Volkswagen station wagon and 4WD utility had collided head-on, with the driver of the wagon still trapped inside his vehicle.

The 42-year-old was freed from the Volkswagen by emergency service crews, however he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The female driver of the 4WD was also pulled from her vehicle and taken to hospital.

ACT Road Policing’s Major Collision Team was now conducting an investigation into the crash and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or captured dash-cam footage of it (who hasn’t already spoken with police) has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, quoting reference number P2098327.

Police have urged all motorists to slow down and drive to the conditions.

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There are a fair few pot-holes on Sulwood drive. If Sulwood was still wet at the time, a pothole is a possible cause.

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