Shocking detail in deadly 11 days

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NSW police have revealed some of the worst driving offences recorded during the holiday period, which saw nine people die on NSW roads in the 11 days between December 23, 2022 to January 2, 2023.

The fatalities nearly doubled the five deaths recorded over the same period in 2021-2022.

Spate of tragic roadside incidents

Three deaths were recorded on December 23. At about 3.30pm, a 95-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene after she was allegedly hit by a 4WD in Bankstown, in Sydney’s south west.

Emergency services were also called to the Sydney suburb of Cromer after a 29-year-old man was struck by a parked boat. The front seat passenger of the Holden station wagon died at the scene.

A single-vehicle crash in Albury also saw a 56-year-old man die after his car collided with a tree.

The toddler tragically died on Christmas Eve. Picture: Channel 9.The toddler tragically died on Christmas Eve. Picture: Channel 9.

Tragically, a two-year-old boy died about 6pm on Christmas Eve after he was hit by a 4WD in a property in Sydney’s northwest. Paramedics were called to the scene, however the toddler was unable to be revived.

Another fatality on Christmas Eve also saw a man, believed to be in his 70s, die of critical head injuries after he was hit by a ute in St Marys, in Sydney’s west.

In another horrific case, a head-on crash on December 27 saw multiple people trapped after a Holden Captiva and a Land Rover Defender collided. The driver of the Captiva, a 30-year-old South Australian man, was pronounced dead at the scene.

On the same day, a 21-year-old motorcyclist also died after his vehicle collided with a metal speed advisory sign near a median strip on the City West Link in Sydney’s Inner West.

A total of nine people died on NSW roads between December 23 to January 2. Picture: Recep Sakar /Anadolu Agency /Getty ImagesA total of nine people died on NSW roads between December 23 to January 2. Picture: Recep Sakar /Anadolu Agency /Getty Images

On December 28, police were called to Cargo Rd near Orange after a Ford utility vehicle crashed into a tree. A male driver, believed to be 33 years old was found dead at the scene. NSW Police said he was the sole occupant of the car.

A 39-year-old woman also died in a multi-vehicle crash on the Princes Highway in Corunna on December 30. Police believe she was driving a Toyota Camry which collided with a Audi Q3. A Volkswagen station wagon was also involved in the crash.

Four people were injured in the crash, including two brothers aged 15 and 18.

Police attend 746 major crashes

Police said they saw a concerning amount of incidents of dangerous driving, from excess speeding to driving under the influence of drugs.

Across NSW, authorities attended 746 major crashes, and issued 8118 speeding infringements, 642 drink-driving charges, 972 drug-driving charges and conducted 317,229 breath tests.

One speeding offence saw a 20-year-old learner driver allegedly reach 140km/h in 60km/h speed zone in Albury. The man was pursued by Albury Highway Patrol on New Year’s Day at around 8.30pm, with the pursuit ending after the driver abandoned the car in a dead-end street and fled into nearby bushland.

He was later arrested and search by police, in which police allegedly found 10 ecstasy pills in his possession.

Double demerits applied to offences related to speeding, mobile phone, seatbelt, and motorcycle helmet infringements. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Christian GillesDouble demerits applied to offences related to speeding, mobile phone, seatbelt, and motorcycle helmet infringements. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Christian Gilles

The NSW man has since been refused bail and charged with eight offences, including police pursuit, possess prohibited drug and learner not accompanied by driver.

Double demerit points for speeding, mobile phone, seatbelt, and motorcycle helmet offences were enforced from December 23 to 11.59pm on Monday, January 2.

There were a total of 288 deaths recorded in 2022, with 275 deaths recorded in 2021.

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