Third Man Charged in Connection to Melbourne Crash That Killed Four Police Officers

August 4, 2020 Updated: August 4, 2020

A third man has been charged from the fatal Melbourne crash in April that killed four Victoria police officers. The multi-car collision involved two police vehicles, a truck, and a Porsche.

Simon Tuteru from Frankston was arrested in Lyndhurst, southeast Melbourne on Aug. 2, and later charged with four counts of manslaughter over the Eastern Freeway incident, a Victoria police statement said.

Three divisions of Victoria police carried out an “extensive 3-month investigation” leading up to Tuteru’s arrest.

The two other men arrested in connection to the fatal collision are the Porsche driver, Richard Pusey; charged with multiple offences including failing to render assistance and destruction of evidence, and the truck driver Mohinder Singh Bajwa; charged in April with four counts of culpable driving.

The third is 49-year-old Tuteru, a manager of the logistics company that owns the truck involved in the fatal crash. He has been penalised for safety breaches including truck defects and using fatigued drivers, reported AAP.

An out-of-session hearing was held on the evening of Aug. 2 in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court where both Pusey and Bajwa were trialled. Tuteru was granted bail and told to return to court on Oct. 26.

Victorian police intercepted Pusey’s black Porsche 911 on April 22 for allegedly speeding at over 140 kilometres (86 miles) per hour. Soon after, a semi-trailer driven by Mohinder Singh Bajwa veered into the emergency lane at 100 kilometres per hour and collided with the four officers.

At the time of the incident, Pusey was urinating on the side of the freeway, away from the others. He was the only person on the ground to avoid death.

Leading Senior Constable Lynnette Taylor, Senior Constable Kevin King, Constable Glen Humphris, and Constable Joshua Prestney lost their lives that evening.

Pusey is facing over a dozen charges and is due in court on Aug. 13.