A 56 year old Indian woman died in a road accident on April 3 in the north of New South Wales becoming the third Indian national to lose life in Australia in less than a month.
Despite NSW Police’s Operation Tortoise, a massive Easter road-safety campaign, there have been fatalities in crashes across the state.
The Indian national died after a ‘two-car head-on collision’ on Friday. NSW Police told southasia.com.au that no additional information about the deceased is available at this stage. She was travelling as a passenger in a southbound car which collided with another car travelling northbound.
The accident occurred around 5.30 pm on the Pacific Highway about 5km south of Macksville. Four others involved in the horrific accident were taken to hospital for treatment of injuries caused by the accident.
Police are urging drivers to remain vigilant and use high level of caution, specially those who are new in the country.
“With people in both vehicles being foreign nationals, it is timely reminder to motorists, travelling on stretches of road unknown or rarely used by them, that it is vital they drive with the utmost care,” Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, said following the accident. He reminded motorists that ‘fatal crashes can occur anywhere, at any time’.
“It’s not about tickets or fines because the ultimate penalty you can pay is with your life or the life of a loved one,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.
Operation Tortoise has so far made 166 drink driving charges and issued 3783 traffic infringement notices (TINs) for speeding as well as conducting 187,449 breath tests. 145 people have been injured in road crashes during this Easter holidays which is an improvement compared to 173 at the same time last year.
An ‘incomprehensible tragedy’ on April 4 that ultimately led to the deaths of an eight year old girl and a nine year old boy of the same family bring NSW’s Easter long-weekend road toll to four. The two siblings were victims of a collision on Saturday involving a Holden Astra and a Toyota Hilux on Wyee Road at Doyalson.
A 61-year-old woman died when she was struck by a vehicle on Marsden Street, Parramatta, about 9.50am on April 5. She was airlifted by CareFlight helicopter to Westmead Hospital, but died shortly afterwards.
The death of the 56 year old Indian woman is yet another tragic loss that has hit Australia’s Indian diaspora in less than a month. On March 7, Indian IT professional Prabha Arun Kumar succumbed to serious stabbing wounds just 300 metres short of her doorstep in the Western Sydney suburb of Westmead. She was on the phone with her husband in India as the killer brought her down in a park.
Prabha’s murder was followed by the death of another young Indian IT person, Pankaj Saw, on April 2. Tragically, the 29 year old husband was also talking to his partner on the phone as he fell on to the concrete pavement directly under the balcony of his apartment. NSW Police said the incident occurred at Macquarie Park, Sydney’s north-west, less than 300 metres from Macquarie University.
Updated 6 April 2015 15:38 Hrs