New arrest linked to Eastern Freeway fatal crash

Connect Logistics’ Victorian manager charged with manslaughter

New arrest linked to Eastern Freeway fatal crash
Footage from police inspections of Connect Logistics' premises


Victoria Police have arrested and charged another person in relation to Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway crash in April that killed four police officers.

A police statement says detectives from Taskforce Paragon arrested and charged a 49-year old Frankston man with four counts of manslaughter.

"The arrest follows an extensive 3-month investigation led by Road Policing Operations and Investigation Division with the assistance of specialist investigators from across Victoria Police," the statement adds.

He appeared before an out of sessions hearing on Saturday night and was released on bail, with a commital hearing to take place on October 26.

The report from police raids on Connect Logistics, here

Mainstream media reveals the individual to be Simiona Tuteru, the Victorian manager at Connect Logistics.

"The court heard the man oversaw the coordination of Connect Logistic truck drivers, including the driver Mohinder Singh, who was behind the wheel when the semi-trailer ploughed into the officers.

"The court also heard that before the horrific crash, Mr Tuteru knew that Mr Singh's mental state had deteriorated due to a lack of sleep and drug use."

The new charge is the latest development in the case following the arrests of Singh and Porsche driver Richard Pusey, and multiple infringements against Connect Logistics and some of its drivers.

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