Man extradited from Qld over Austinmer fatal crash

A 38-year-old man has been extradited from Queensland and charged over a fatal car crash in Wollongong more than a decade ago.

About 10.30pm on Friday, July 7, 2000, a southbound Ford Meteor station wagon and a northbound Toyota van collided in the northbound lane of Buttenshaw Drive at Austinmer.

The impact caused the station wagon to hit a tree.

One of the rear passengers – a 21-year-old man – was ejected from the car and died at the scene.

A 17-year-old girl suffered serious injuries while an 18-year-old woman suffered minor injuries. Both were rear passengers.

The front passenger – a 16-year-old girl – suffered minor injuries.

The driver of the van wasn’t injured.

Following the incident, warrants were issued for the arrest of the driver, who could not be located.

Acting on information received via Crime Stoppers, Queensland Police arrested the 38-year-old man on at a home on Russell Island.

On Saturday, the man was extradited to NSW and was taken to Mascot Police Station where he was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death; dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm; and 15 related offences.

He has been refused bail and is due to appear at Campbelltown Local Court on Wednesday.