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Police Report – update on Tantanoola collision

by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow

Superintendent Bob Fauser SAPOL said today in a press conference:-

About 9-50pm last night (Thurs) there was a two car collision on the Canunda and Boundary Roads Millicent. The collision resulted in the deaths of two young men who died at the scene ages 21 and 27, the driver and the front seat passenger. Another passenger in the back seat sustained serious injuries and has been flown to hospital in Adelaide. The three men were all in the offending vehicle which was being driven by a disqualified driver, on a dark country road, with no head lights on and none of the occupants of the offending vehicle were wearing seatbelts. The offending vehicle failed to give way the plice report said.

The driver of the non-offending vehicle was taken to Mt Gambier Hospital with non life threatening injuries.

The message here is :- do not get into a car with a driver you do not trust he said.

At this stage it is unknown if alcohol was a factor but there was a small ammount of cannabis found in the vehicle.

It is unknown where the offending vehicle had come from or was going to, but the driver of the non-offending vehicle had been visiting friends and was on his way home.

The deceased have been identified and their families notified.

The Police are aware that most fatal accidents could be avoided because most are as a result of the driver making a bad decision; driving too fast at a given moment, not wearing a seat belt or being distracted by their mobile phone and a difference can be made with these drivers through constant and consistent Police presence and Media messages. Just the fear of the Police can make a difference to many drivers.

In cases like this one though, we can only persevere and bring these drivers, who continue to make bad decisions, before the courts.

This collision leaves two young men dead, a 20 year old seriously injured and the driver of the non-offending car who must live with being such a terrible collision for the rest of his life.

The one redeeming thing is that the driver of the non-offending vehicle was not killed.

The Police said after a fatality free Easter in SA, there were still drivers making bad decisions causing injury and asked that all drivers take care over the ANZAC Day weekend.

These fatalities come just a day after a cyclist was killed near Naracoorte.

The road toll in SA for the year now stands at 31.

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEROEVaRZY41 hour ago4 minUploaded by SA Police News
Superintendent Bob Fauser, Officer in Charge of Traffic Support Branch speaks to the media

 

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