Woman crushed to death in car smash at Eastern Distributor

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Woman crushed to death in car smash at Eastern Distributor


June 08, 2009 02:40pm

AN eye-witness to a fatal crash at the Eastern Distributor has described how one car involved was 'flying' towards the toll booths before the accident.

Police are investigating how a woman was crushed to death in the crash .

Initial investigations suggest that a white Toyota Corolla driven by a 32-year-old Eastlakes man was travelling towards the toll gates when a Toyota Rav4 driven by a 49-year-old Coogee man, collided with the rear of the Corolla.

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Taxi driver Peter Asabre was on Palmer Street driving a passenger to Neutral Bay when he saw the RAV4 driving past.

“He just flew past,” Mr Asabre said. “We could see he was flying, he was going well over 80 (km/h).”

“Before the toll booths, you have to slow down. We were doing 50 or 60. He just went whoosh and then, just in front of us, we heard the noise and there it was.”

“At first I thought it was a barricade. Then we saw another car involved so we just rang up triple-0.”

As a result of the crash, the Corolla was forced into the toll both area and the Rav4 rolled and landed on its roof. A 25-year-old woman, who was a passenger of the Corolla, died at the scene.

Both drivers were taken to St Vincent's Hospital were they are currently in a serious but stable condition.

Police from Surry Hills Local Area Command with the assistance of officers from the Crash Investigation Unit are investigating the matter and a report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

The Eastern Distributor northbound toll gates remain closed, however the city, Harbour Bridge and Harbour Tunnel are still accessible via Sir John Young Crescent and Palmer Street. Police are hoping the toll gates will be re-opened shortly.

Police urge anyone who witnessed the collision or who saw either of the vehicles prior to the incident and have not spoken to police, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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