West Gate Bridge Death and Mildura Car Accident Rewrites

Original Article: http://www.theage.com.au/national/bridge-horror-it-was-her-first-day-at-school-20090129-7t2k.html?page=_1

Hawthorn Man Charged With West Gate Bridge Murder

A 35 year old Hawthorn man has been charged with the murder of his four year-old daughter and will be held until he is due to reappear in court on May 21st.

The man is accused of stopping his car on the West Gate Bridge, removing his daughter from the vehicle and dropping her to her death yesterday morning.

The girl was pulled from the water in Spotswood where water police and paramedics treated her for critical injuries. She was pronounced dead at the Royal Children’s Hospital yesterday afternoon.

Magistrate Lance Martin heard in the court that the man was found “unfit for interview” by a doctor who was concerned he was suicidal.

Martin said he would ensure staff at the Melbourne Custody Centre were advised of his condition, where he will be remanded until he is due back in the Melbourne Magistrates Court.

Mildura Man Faces Charges Over Deadly Smash

A 34 year-old man has appeared before the Mildura Magistrates Court this morning after a fatal crash that killed six local changes.

The man faces a number of charges, including six counts of culpable driving causing death, four counts of negligently causing serious injury, one count of failing to stop and one of failing to render assistance.

Senior Sergeant Mick Talbot said that whilst he could not discuss the details of the fact sheet, the location of the man’s children at the time of the incident is “the crux of the investigation”.

Police allege that the children of the accused were in the vehicle when the smash occurred.

Whilst the events have stunned the local community and one survivor remains in a critical condition in hospital, Sergeant Talbot has called for calm.

“Threats and emotions running hot help nobody. It just compounds the problem and makes our job harder,” he said.

The defendant will reappear in court at a later date to be confirmed.

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