6 April 2023

Man charged over DV incident in the minutes before fatal Yanco crash

| Chris Roe
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Police have charged a man who kicked down a door and threatened a resident in the minutes before the fatal crash. Photo: NSW Police.

A man has been charged with domestic violence-related offences by police investigating the fatal crash at Yanco near Leeton earlier this week.

Four people died in the accident on Tuesday night (4 April) when a Hyundai Getz crashed into a pole and rolled down an embankment into a water channel at the intersection of Research Road and Toorak Road, Yanco.

Emergency services found a 36-year-old woman, her two sons aged 10 and 11 and her 12-year-old nephew dead at the scene.

Investigating officers attached to Murrumbidgee Police District were told the rear door of a home in Cudgel Street, Yanco, was allegedly kicked in and a resident threatened shortly after 11 pm on Tuesday.

The fatal crash occurred about 15 minutes later.

READ ALSO UPDATE: Two people arrested following fatal crash in the Riverina

Detectives arrested a 32-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman at a unit in Griffith at about 8 am on Wednesday.

While no charges have been laid in relation to the crash, the pair were taken to Griffith Police Station where the man was charged with two counts of stalk/intimidate intend fear physical etc harm (domestic), and one count of aggravated break and enter commit serious indictable offence.

He has been refused bail to appear in Griffith Local Court today (6 April).

The woman was released without charge, pending further inquiries.

Inquiries into the circumstances leading up to the fatal crash are continuing by Murrumbidgee Police District; anyone with information about this incident – or who has dashcam vision relevant to the investigation – should contact Griffith Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Original Article published by Chris Roe on Region Riverina.

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