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Charges laid following Hunter crash, which claimed life of 10-year-old boy

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A man will face Muswellbrook Local Court charged with manslaughter following the death of a young boy in a crash in the Hunter last year.

Just before 11am on Saturday 1 October, emergency services were called to Flaggs Road, Merriwa.

It followed reports a Toyota Prado had lost control and left the roadway, before rolling a number of times.

NSW Ambulance paramedics attended and assisted the occupants.

However, one of the passengers – a 10-year-old – died at the scene.

The driver – a 46-year-old man – and a second passenger – a 15-year-old girl – were airlifted to John Hunter Hospital for treatment.

Officers from Hunter Valley Police District, with assistance from the Hunter Crash Investigation Unit, began an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash.

Following inquiries, investigators arrested the driver, now aged 47, at a Gungal home, between Sandy Hollow and Merriwa, on Tuesday 7 February and took him to Muswellbrook Police Station.

He’ll now appear before court on Wednesday 8 February on charges of manslaughter, dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm – drive manner dangerous, cause bodily harm by misconduct, in charge of motor vehicle, negligent driving (occasioning death), negligent driving (no death or grievous bodily harm), and drive vehicle, illicit drug present in blood.

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