Ute driver was drunk

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The driver of the ute involved in a crash that killed 11-year-old Penrith boy Max McGregor in Urunga last month was five times the legal blood alcohol limit.


The stunning development was released by police this afternoon. In a statement, they confirmed that the driver of the ute had a high-range blood alcohol concentration of 0.245.


About 5am on Sunday, January 8, a southbound b-double truck collided with a Holden Commodore utility, which was travelling north in the southbound lanes, 27km south of Coffs Harbour.


The truck then ran off the road and slammed into a house.


The utility driver, 38-year-old David Levett from Nambucca Heads, died at the scene.


Max McGregor was killed when the truck crashed into a room of a house in which he was sleeping.


The truck driver, a 51-year-old Queensland man, and his male passenger were taken by NSW Ambulance Paramedics to Coffs Harbour Hospital for treatment.


Police attached to the Mid North Coast Crash Investigation Unit are continuing their inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the incident, but the results of the blood alcohol tests will now form a key part of the investigation.


Police continue to investigate all matters, including but not restricted to comprehensive examination of the vehicles involved and the roadway upon which the crash occurred.


All information is being provided to the Coroner.


Meanwhile, anyone who witnessed the crash or circumstances leading up to it and has not already spoken with police is urged to consider Mid North Coast Crash Investigation Unit or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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