26 June 2018

Police officer summoned to court for culpable driving after car crash kills woman

| Lachlan Roberts
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An ACT Police officer has been summoned to appear before the ACT Magistrates Court for culpable driving causing death after a car crash killed a 54-year-old woman earlier this year.

On 4 June, ACT Policing revealed a 54-year-old woman died from injuries suffered in a collision between the woman’s yellow Hyundai Getz and a marked police car at the intersection of Baldwin Drive and Maribyrnong Avenue, in Kaleen.

According to ACT Police, the marked police vehicle was responding to a priority one incident, which requires an immediate police response to a potentially life-threatening situation.

The officer provided first aid to the woman until the ACT Ambulance Service arrived. The officer also sustained minor injuries which required further treatment.

The woman later passed away as a result of her injuries.

ACT Policing said AFP Professional Standards and the Collision Investigation Reconstruction Team attended the scene and investigated the circumstances surrounding the incident.

ACT Chief Police Officer Justine Saunders, said that following the investigation and consultation with the director of Public Prosecutions, the officer has been summoned to appear before the court for the charge of culpable driving of a motor vehicle causing death.

“This is a tragic incident and I continue to offer my deepest condolences to all affected,” Assistant Commissioner Saunders said.

The officer involved has been suspended from duty.

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