Porsche driver accused of making vile comment as officer lay dying

An accused drug-driver allegedly told one of four police officers killed in a Melbourne freeway crash "amazing, absolutely amazing" as she groaned for help.

Porsche driver accused of making vile comment as officer lay dying

An accused drug-driver allegedly told one of four police officers killed in a Melbourne freeway crash "amazing, absolutely amazing" as she groaned for help.

Richard Pusey, 41, was pulled over for allegedly speeding at 140km/h and police say he tested positive to ice and cannabis on the Eastern Freeway on Wednesday.

He was urinating on the side of the freeway when a truck driver smashed into four officers impounding his Porsche 911.


One of them, Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, could be heard calling for help before Mr Pusey began filming the crash.

He allegedly walked up to her and said: "There you go. Amazing, absolutely amazing".

"All I wanted was to go home and have my sushi and now you've "f----- my f------ car," Mr Pusey allegedly said as Senior Constable Lynette Taylor continued to groan for help, the Melbourne Magistrates Court was told today.


https://twitter.com/LanaMurphy/status/1253494991814418432Kevin King, Joshua Prestney, Lynette Taylor and Glen Humphris were all killed in the line of duty.

The officer and three of her colleagues, Senior Constable Kevin King and Constables Glen Humphris and Josh Prestney, died at the scene, with Mr Pusey allegedly running away.

He is accused of asking a witness for a ride to his home suburb of Fitzroy before being arrested the next day.

Mr Pusey did not apply for bail when he appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with offences including dangerous driving, reckless conduct endangering life, failing to render assistance, drug possession and the destruction of evidence.

The truck driver suffered a medical episode after the crash, blacked out and remains in hospital under police guard.

He remained unfit to be interviewed last night.

- reported with AAP

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'It would be a shame if premature hope punishes us all'

European leaders have against complacency as countries reopen amid historic economic downturns and threats of a second pandemic wave.

'It would be a shame if premature hope punishes us all'

As unemployment in the United States swelled to levels last seen during the Great Depression of the 1930s, the World Health Organisation has also predicted Africa may be the next coronavirus epicentre and the UK has begun human vaccine trials involving thousands of people.

The coronavirus has killed over 184,000 people worldwide, including about 47,000 in the United States alone, according to a tally compiled by John Hopkins University from official government figures.

The true numbers are almost certainly far higher due to nations struggling with testing capabilities.

The United States

More than 4.4 million laid-off workers applied for unemployment benefits last week, the government said Thursday.

In all, roughly 26 million people — the population of the 10 biggest US cities combined — have now filed for jobless aid in five weeks, an epic collapse that has raised the stakes in the debate over how and when to lift the state-ordered stay-at-home restrictions that have closed factories and other businesses from coast to coast.

In the hardest-hit corner of the US, evidence emerged that perhaps more than two million New Yorkers have been infected by the virus — several times higher than the number confirmed by lab tests.

A small, preliminary statewide survey of around 3000 people found that 13.9 per cent had antibodies suggesting they had been exposed, Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

Just in New York City, with a population of 8.6 million, Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot said many as one million may have been exposed.

The economic consequences of national shutdowns have also sparked angry rallies in state capitals by protesters demanding that businesses reopen, and President Donald Trump has expressed impatience over the restrictions.

Some governors have begun easing up despite warnings from health authorities that it may be too soon to do so without sparking new infections.

In Georgia, gyms, hair salons and bowling alleys can reopen Friday. Texas has reopened its state parks.

Few experts foresee a downturn as severe as the Depression, when unemployment remained above 14 per cent from 1931 to 1940, peaking at 25 per cent. But unemployment is considered likely to remain elevated well into next year and probably beyond, and will surely top the 10 per cent peak of the 2008-09 recession.


Meanwhile, the European Union has pledged 20 billion euros ($33.8 billion) to help vulnerable communities globally.

EU leaders scheduled a virtual summit Thursday to take stock of the damage the crisis has inflicted on the bloc's own citizens and to work out an economic rescue plan.

While the health crisis has eased in places like Italy, Spain and France, experts say it is far from over, and the threat of new outbreaks looms large.

"The question is not whether there will be a second wave," said Dr. Hans Kluge, the head of the WHO's Europe office.

"The question is whether we will take into account the biggest lessons so far."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized some German states for moving too briskly in trying to reopen their economies. Germany has been praised for its approach to the pandemic and has a much lower reported death toll than other large European countries.

"We're not living in the final phase of the pandemic, but still at the beginning," Merkel warned.

"Let us not squander what we have achieved and risk a setback. It would be a shame if premature hope ultimately punishes us all."

The United Kingdom has started a coronavirus testing program described as "one of the biggest virus infection and antibody studies that (the) country has ever seen."

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said in a daily COVID-19 media briefing on Thursday that 25,000 people in the UK will be approached to take part in the joint program conducted by the University of Oxford and the Office for National Statistics.

"In total, 25,000 people will take part in the first phase, with plans to expand it to up to 300,000 people over the next 12 months," he said.

Governments are also bearing that risk in mind with the onset of Ramadan, the holy month of daytime fasting, overnight festivities and communal prayer that begins for the world's 1.8 billion Muslims with the new moon this week.

Many Muslim leaders have closed mosques or banned collective evening prayer to ward off new infections.

The virus has already disrupted Christianity's Holy Week, Passover, the Muslim hajj pilgrimage and other major religious events.

Asia, Africa

In Africa, COVID-19 cases rose 43 per cent in the past week to 26,000, according to John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The figures underscored a recent warning from the World Health Organisation that the virus could kill more than 300,000 people in Africa and push 30 million into desperate poverty.

Meanwhile, authorities in the capital of Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation, extended its disease-fighting restrictions to cover all of Ramadan, Turkey banned communal eating during the holiday.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan bowed to the country's religious clerics, refusing to close the mosques despite a warning from the nation's doctors that such gatherings are like a petri dish for spreading the virus in a country with a fragile health care system.

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