Disqualified driver involved in fatal Blaxland crash

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A Penrith man has been charged over his involvement in an accident that left a 21-year-old woman dead at Blaxland yesterday.

It’s been revealed the 54-year-old man, who was driving a truck, was a disqualified driver.

Just after 2.15pm yesterday, emergency services were called to the Great Western Highway, near the intersection of Layton Avenue, at Blaxland, following reports the 21-year-old had been struck by a truck.

The woman, who had reportedly been walking on the footpath at the time, was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics; however, died at the scene.

Officers attached to Blue Mountains Police Area Command and the Crash Investigation Unit established a crime scene and commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash.

“The truck driver – a 54-year-old man – was not injured and taken to hospital for mandatory testing, before being taken to Katoomba Police Station,” a Police spokesperson said.

“He was charged with ‘dangerous driving occasioning death – drive manner dangerous’, ‘drive motor vehicle during disqualification period’ and ‘negligent driving (occasioning death)’.”

The Penrith man was refused bail and is due to appear at Penrith Local Court today.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

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