Posted: 25 May, 2016
A Sydney truck driver is accused of tampering with evidence by dumping clothes from under his vehicle after a deadly hit-and-run that sparked raids on his company's truck fleet. Watch the video below.
CCTV allegedly shows truck driver ditch victims clothes in bin Video: Channel 10
Police say the 36-year-old got rid of possibly blood-stained clothes that may have belonged to a grandmother killed at a pedestrian crossing in Sydney's northern beaches on Friday morning.
It's alleged one of the items thrown into a skip bin was a purple jacket belonging to the victim.
The 60-year-old woman, named in media reports as Jo-Ann Thwaites, was allegedly hit by a Lilydale truck and then became trapped under a second truck that dragged her along Pittwater Road in Brookvale.
Superintendent Stuart Smith said the first driver, 36, failed to stop and drove to a nearby IGA supermarket where he allegedly tampered with crucial evidence.
The driver is set to face Manly Local Court in June charged with failing to stop and render aid after an impact causing death, and negligent driving occasioning death.
The second driver, a 57-year-old man, stopped his truck, helped Ms Thwaites and later aided police with the investigation.
The incident sparked raids on Tuesday at the Girraween headquarters of Baiada Poultry, which owns Lilydale.
An audit was conducted on 23 heavy vehicles and 12 trailers.
"It is our responsibility to ensure we investigate companies involved in fatal incidents to ensure there are no ongoing safety or compliance issues,"
Roads and Maritime Services general manager Paul Endycott said in a statement on Tuesday evening.
Three heavy vehicles were found to have tampered with their speed limiters, allowing speeds over the 100km/h limit, police say.
Ten minor defects were issued for lights, tyres and brakes, while seven infringement notices were handed out for issues including an unregistered truck and expired labels.
Documents were also seized as part of the crash investigation.
Baiada Poultry said it does not own or operate the trucks that received breaches on Tuesday.
"We will move to terminate agreements with any transport companies that do not comply with legal standards," it said in a statement.
The company sent condolences to Ms Thwaites's family: "Our thoughts are with them."