22 December 2022

UPDATED: ‘It’s been a long wait’: Woman to be charged over Hindmarsh crash that killed Matthew McLuckie

| Claire Fenwicke

Matthew McLuckie on a family holiday. Photo: Tom McLuckie.

UPDATE: Tom McLuckie has mixed emotions now that the woman accused of driving the car that killed his son Matthew will be charged.

“It’s not the Christmas present we wanted, but we’re glad it’s a step forward,” he said.

“It’s been a long wait.”

It will be the McLuckie’s first Christmas without Matthew, who was driving home from work when his vehicle was hit head-on by another car allegedly speeding on the wrong side of the road.

It’s believed the seriousness of the woman’s injuries made it difficult for police to interview her at the time, and police confirmed she is still receiving treatment.

Police are still searching for the driver of a third vehicle believed to have been involved in the incident.

Mr McLuckie urged anyone who had information about that driver, and the driver themselves, to contact police.

“I’d rather see justice applied to him, the [alleged female driver] already got herself a life sentence,” he said.

“Matt’s dead, the poor girl’s crippled for life … the other driver walked away with no impact whatsoever.

“That driver knows who he is, others know who he is, come forward before you have to be charged.”

9 am: A 20-year-old Bruce woman has been summonsed to appear in court on charges, including manslaughter, over a two-vehicle collision that killed Matthew McLuckie earlier this year.

Police will allege the woman’s vehicle was being driven at least 177 km/h on the wrong side of Hindmarsh Drive at about 10:55 pm on 19 May when the two vehicles collided head-on.

Matthew was seriously injured and later died at The Canberra Hospital.

The woman also suffered significant injuries and is still receiving extensive medical care.

A representative of the woman was served with a summons for her to appear in court on 7 February 2023, to face charges of manslaughter, culpable driving causing death, aggravated reckless driving, unlicensed driving, and driving a motor vehicle without consent.

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A third vehicle, believed to have also been speeding on Hindmarsh Drive prior to the collision, has been recovered by police.

Police enquiries relating to the driver of that vehicle are ongoing.

Anybody with information about this matter has been urged to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, quoting reference 7114054. Information can be provided anonymously.

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