Truck company in fatal Eastern Freeway crash penalised

The Sydney trucking company involved in a crash on Victoria's Eastern Freeway that killed four police officers has been penalised for safety breaches.

Truck company in fatal Eastern Freeway crash penalised

The trucking company involved in a fatal accident on Victoria's Eastern Freeway has been penalised for a string of safety breaches, including truck defects and using fatigued drivers.

NSW Police have issued 35 infringements to Connect Logistics, the owner of the semi-trailer driven by Mohinder Singh when he crashed on the freeway at Kew on April 22, allegedly killing four police officers who were impounding a vehicle in the emergency lane.

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Police and Transport for NSW inspected 61 trucks linked to the western Sydney company between May 5 and Wednesday at various locations, including Wetherill Park, Marulan, Wagga Wagga and Pine Creek.

They found two trucks had "major" defects, including oil leaks and excessive brake-pad wear, while 17 trucks had minor defects, including imbalanced brakes, headlight damage, unsecured bolts and inoperative lights.

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One driver was charged with "critical hours" fatigue breaches and 15 drivers were issued with fines for overwork resulting in fatigue and " work diary administration issues".

NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said the force regularly responds to major truck crashes.

"We will continue to work with other police and road agencies to ensure that fleets are safe, and drivers fit and able to operate on our roads," he said in a statement on Thursday.

Singh, 47, has been charged with culpable driving causing the deaths of Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, Senior Constable Kevin King and constables Glen Humphris and Josh Prestney.

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He is remanded in custody until a committal mention on October 1.

Mohinder Singh Bajwa

– Reported with AAP

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Some charges against Porsche driver 'may not stick'

The magistrate labelled Richard Pusey's alleged filming of the graphic crash scene as "morally repugnant".

Some charges against Porsche driver 'may not stick'

Some of the charges against a Porsche driver accused of filming and taunting a dying police officer might not stick, a magistrate has said while denying him bail.

Richard Pusey will remain behind bars over the April crash, in which a truck hit four officers testing the mortgage broker for drugs and impounding his Porsche on Melbourne's Eastern Freeway.

The 41-year-old avoided being struck but is accused of recording the scene instead of helping a dying Senior Constable Lynette Taylor as she groaned for help.

"While his actions in seeking to record the aftermath of the collision were highly intrusive and morally repugnant, the filming was not illegal," Magistrate Jo Metcalf said.

She ruled he posed an unacceptable risk of committing offences and endangering public safety if released.

Pusey faces 12 charges including driving at a dangerous speed, reckless conduct endangering life, destruction of evidence, perverting the course of justice, failing to remain at the scene after a drug test and failing to render assistance.

But Ms Metcalf raised the possibility some of the more serious charges might not stick.

"There is a prospect Mr Pusey may ultimately be acquitted of more serious charges," she said.

"There are potential legal issues in relation to the charge of failing to render assistance, around Mr Pusey's control of the vehicle at the time of the collision, given that he was not driving it at the time, nor was his vehicle responsible for the collision."

Pusey's barrister, Vincent Peters, had taken issue with Victoria Police's interpretation of some of the evidence, particularly around charges of failing to remain at the scene and help.

He earlier argued his client was in shock after witnessing a horrific crash, adding there was little the man could have done given doctors arrived at the scene.

Prosecutors said Pusey had been a trained nurse but instead chose to film the scene for more than three minutes, making derogatory remarks, before leaving and sharing pictures and footage including with a federal police officer.

Pusey was accused of walking up to Sen Const Taylor and saying: "All I wanted was to go home and have my sushi and now you've "f***ed my f***ing car."

Senior Constable Kevin King and Constables Glen Humphris and Josh Prestney were also killed when the truck ploughed into the group on April 22.

Pusey had been prescribed anti-psychotic medication and Ritalin, likely has ADHD and an antisocial narcissistic personality disorder, according to a psychological report.

Pusey also struggled with narcissistic rage, a daily fear of being arrested and fantasised about killing people, the report said.

A month before the crash, he allegedly boasted to a mate about speeding at 300 km/h along the same freeway, where the limit is 100.

He was also allegedly captured doing 247 km/h along the Monash Freeway, including 160 km/h through roadworks.

The court was told other allegations against the man included threats to set himself alight at a debt collection agency and drive down Bourke Street, in an apparent reference to James Gargasoulas' deadly rampage.

Ms Metcalf acknowledged Pusey's case would likely be delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, with a contested committal hearing not expected until 2021 and a trial possibly not until 2022.

He is next due to appear in court for a committal mention on July 16.

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