Man to face culpable driving charges following fatal collision on Barton Highway


A 27 year old man will face court following the death of a 45 year old man in a crash on the Barton Highway last month.

The 27 year old who was driving a tow truck carrying a 10 tonne excavator allegedly ran a red light, before colliding with the Ford Falcon being driven by the 45 year old.

Both vehicles travelled close to 50m before coming to a stop.

Mandatory blood testing of the tow truck driver allegedly found traces of Cannabis in his system.

A 42-year-old man was also taken to the Canberra Hospital with serious injuries.

Detective Inspector Donna Hofmeier from ACT Policing says while it’s now up to the courts to decide what happens next, what we have here are the results of a driver running a red light.

“Any death on our roads is a tragedy.

This death was completely avoidable and has left family and friends of the deceased grieving.” she said.

“The driver of the other car struck in the collision, who required hospital treatment for extensive injuries, has had his life dramatically changed as well.” Inspector Hofmeir said.

The 27-year-old man is scheduled to appear in court on 19 November 2021.