Man in hospital and another charged following an alleged street racing crash

Published: 12 March 2018

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One man is in hospital with critical injuries and another has been charged following an alleged street racing crash in Sydney’s west yesterday.

Police said the driver of a black Mazda RX-7 and a white Toyota 86 coupe were racing on Cowpasture Road in Carnes Hill, when the driver of the Mazda crossed to the other side of the road and hit a tree.

The 40-year-old driver of the Mazda was trapped in the vehicle for some time before emergency services managed to free him.

He was taken to Liverpool Hospital with head injuries and remains in a critical condition.

He will be spoken to by police when he is medically fit.

It’s believed the 22-year-old driver of the Toyota left the scene before police arrived, but later returned to speak with authorities and was placed under arrest.

He was taken to Liverpool hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests before being taken to Liverpool Police Station where he was later charged with drive manner dangerous and organise, promote etc race between vehicles.

He was granted conditional bail and will appear at Liverpool Local Court on Wednesday 4 April.

The Toyota coupe has been seized for forensic analysis – it is unknown whether there were any passengers in the car at the time of the alleged street race.

Police say they have dash-cam footage of the incident which shows both vehicles engaging in race.

It is believed two men involved are not known to each other.

Assistant Inspector Naomi Earle from Traffic and Highway Patrol Command said thankfully no innocent member of the public was injured in the collision.

“It is extremely lucky that when the driver did lose control and cross to the wrong side of the road he didn’t take any other vehicle out or any pedestrians in the area,” she said.

“This is just stupidity, drivers driving stupid,” Asst Insp Earle said.

“There was no need for this collision to occur, no need for what the drivers did and it’s frustrating as investigators that we have to go and investigate and use up resources for something that could have been avoided.

“Police are appealing for drivers to slow down and to not to engage in this sort of conduct.”

Police have spoken to a number of witnesses but are appealing for anyone else who has information or footage to come forward.