Ropes Crossing man charged over M4 crash

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A Ropes Crossing man has been charged over Thursday’s tragic fatal crash on the M4.

Emergency services were called to the Church Street off-ramp about 5.50am Thursday, responding to reports of a multi-vehicle crash.

Officers from Cumberland Police Area Command arrived to find 11 vehicles stopped at the crash site, and a 36-year-old man from Wentworthville deceased after his utility was struck by a truck.

The man has been identified as tradie Francis Shanley.

Witnesses told officers the driver of another vehicle – reported to be a Toyota Echo – allegedly left the scene before speaking with police.

Following inquiries by officers from the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit, a 53-year-old man was arrested after attending St Marys Police Station about 6.15pm yesterday.

Police will allege the driver of the Toyota Echo had changed lanes on the M4 then stopped, with multiple collisions occurring as a consequence.

The driver of the Echo was taken to Penrith Police Station where he was charged with ‘dangerous driving occasioning death/drive manner dangerous’, ‘negligent driving occasioning death’, ‘fail to stop and assist after vehicle impact causing death’, and two counts of ’cause bodily harm by misconduct’.

The man, from Ropes Crossing, was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Bail Court today.

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