10 November 2022

Mystery vehicle allegedly involved in Matthew McLuckie's death found

| Claire Fenwicke
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Matthew McLuckie

It’s been suggested two vehicles were street racing when one collided with Matthew McLuckie’s car. Photo: ACT Policing.

ACT Policing has confirmed officers have seized a vehicle believed to be connected to a fatal crash on Hindmarsh Drive earlier this year.

Canberran Matthew McLuckie was killed in a head-on collision on 19 May as he was driving home from work.

At the time, police said they were searching for a third car believed to be involved in the 20-year-old’s death.

“A forensic examination of the vehicle has been conducted and enquiries relating to this collision are continuing,” an ACT Policing spokesperson said.

No other details were provided.

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To date, no charges have been laid over the incident.

Following the crash, the female driver of the other vehicle was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries and was unable to be interviewed by police.

It’s believed she still hasn’t been able to be interviewed due to the extent of her injuries.

According to the ACT’s Legislation Act 2001, there’s no statutory limit on the charges the woman could face.

Section 192 states if an offence is “punishable by imprisonment for longer than six months” then prosecution “may be begun at any time”.

A prosecution for any other offence against an ACT law has to start no later than one year after “the day of commission of the offence” or if the law provided another time frame.

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Matthew’s father, Tom McLuckie, has submitted three petitions to the ACT Assembly for sentencing guidelines for grievous and purposefully reckless motor vehicle crimes, an independent review of the ACT Judiciary regarding sentencing, and a review of how judges and magistrates were appointed to the courts.

It’s part of his advocacy for ACT now for safer roads he created in the wake of his son’s death.

Meanwhile, two inquiries are underway into dangerous driving in the ACT.

One is an ACT Legislative Assembly inquiry into dangerous driving which is also examining sentencing. Harsher penalties for hoon driving are being considered as part of the review into the ACT Road Safety Action Plan 2020-2023.

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Trevor Willis6:42 pm 11 Nov 22

Keep going mate your son deserves this. I am on your side.

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