Police officer pleads not guilty to charges stemming from fatal crash

The scene of the accident in May 2022. Photo: Melinda Jane.
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A police officer who was allegedly involved in a fatal bus crash at Llandilo plans to fight the charges.

Justone Wong, 41, reappeared before Penrith Local Court on Friday, March 31, charged with ‘dangerous driving occasioning death’ and ‘negligent driving (occasioning death)’.

Just before 7.20am on Tuesday, May 24, emergency services were called to the intersection of Third and Fifth Avenues, Llandilo, following reports of a crash involving a bus and an unmarked NSW Police vehicle.

Officers attached to Nepean Police Area Command attended, along with NSW Ambulance paramedics and Fire and Rescue NSW.

The bus driver died at the scene.

There were no passengers on board at the time of the collision.

Wong was taken to Westmead Hospital with minor injuries and for mandatory testing.

It is alleged that he was driving in a dangerous manner at the time of the impact, which killed 76-year-old Andy Leonello.

Wong was represented by a Legal Aid lawyer who told the court that the matter will be committed for trial.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Magistrate Gregory Moore adjourned the case for four weeks.

Wong’s matter is due to return to Penrith District Court on Friday, April 28.

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