A man who was struck by a car after he stopped to assist another driver was one of two people who died on Mudgee Roads over the Christmas season.
The 50-year-old man had stopped on Ulan Road on Thursday to help another driver whose vehicle had apparently broken down.
Police said lie was standing beside his own vehicle when he was hit by a blue Ford station wagon that was travelling north.
Police were called to the scene outside the Mudgee Miniature Railway at around 9,20am on Thursday.
The driver of the Ford, aged in her 311s, was taken to Mudgee District Hospital for mandatory blood tests. On Friday, no charges had been laid.
The fatality was the second in the region within two days last week.
A man died when the station wagon in which he was travelling hit a tree near Doughertys Junction Road on Wednesday at around 1 .45pm, The driver walked to a nearby property and raised the alarm, but his passenger was found dead at the scene. The driver was airlifted to hospital for treatment and underwent mandatory blood and urine tests. Police have not officially released the names of the victims in the two incidents. Investigations into both incidents are continuing.
“The holiday road toll is quite high already for this time of the year,” Mudgee Local Area Command Detective Inspector Cameron Whiteside said. “But even one is too many.” Anyone with information about these accidents, or the events leading up to them, should contact Mudgee Police on 6372 8599. The holiday road toll remained at nine yesterday The road toll included five deaths in four separate accidents on NSW roads on Boxing Day.
Operation Safe Arrival continues until 11.59pm on Friday, January 4, 2013. Police are targeting speeding, drink-driving, seat-belts and traffic offences,
Double demerit points will be in force until 11.59pm tomorrow (January 1) for speeding, seatbelt and helmet offences.
Mudgee Rescue Squad personal responded to both scenes.
Article by Lauren Stanford Mudgee Guardian, December 31 2012
The Mudgee Guardian:Monday December 31 incorrectly reported that the 50-year old man killed near Ulan Road on December 27 had stopped to help another motorist. The man was pulled well off the side of the road an attempt to manage fatigue. The Mudgee Guardian apologies for this error.
Article Mudgee Guardian, January 7 2013