Four Australian police dead

Original Story The Guardian 23 April 2020

A Porsche driver who allegedly fled the scene of a horrific accident that killed four Victoria police officers in Melbourne has been identified as Richard Pusey.

The 41-year-old is alleged to have taken pictures of the crash and posted images to social media before leaving the scene of the accident which happened on Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway at Kew about 5.40pm on Wednesday.

The crash was the biggest loss of police officer life in Victoria’s history. Pusey later handed himself in to police and was arrested.

On Thursday the Victorian police commissioner, Graham Ashton, said two officers intercepted a Porsche 911 that was reportedly travelling at 140km/h on the freeway. Dashcam footage published by the Herald Sun shows the car speeding down the highway minutes before it was pulled over by police.

The two officers drug-tested the 41-year-old male driver. After he allegedly returned a positive result, the officers decided to impound the car, Ashton said. Shortly after two members from highway patrol were called to assist at the scene, a large refrigerated truck belonging to a poultry company drove into the four officers.

“It is still quite early in the investigation to describe exactly the movements of that vehicle … but the truck itself appears to have moved from one of the traffic lanes in the freeway into the emergency lane and has travelled a short distance in the emergency lane at around about 100km/h and slammed into the rear of the highway patrol vehicle,” Ashton said.

Ashton said two senior constables, a woman and man, and two male constables were killed. One was relatively new to the force, he said.

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