Deadly beginning to 2018 on NSW roads


deathOn the first day of 2018 three people have died in separate crashes on NSW roads.

Three people have been killed in separate crashes on NSW roads on the first day of 2018, with police laying charges over two of the incidents.

An 18-year-old man is expected to face a Sydney court from his hospital bed, charged over a crash that killed his 17-year-old passenger and critically injured another girl.

The man was charged with a series of offences, including dangerous driving occasioning death on Monday following the crash in Sydney’s southwest.

The 17-year-old girl died after the car ploughed into a parked car, while a 16-year-old girl who was in the back seat was pulled from the wreckage and rushed to Liverpool Hospital where she remains in a critical condition.

The crash occurred just 15 minutes after midnight on New Years Day.

The man remains under police guard at Liverpool Hospital, according to police, who said he was expected to face Parramatta Local Court from his bed.

Meanwhile another man was charged over a crash in Newcastle that killed a 54-year-old pedestrian.

The man was struck in New Lambton at about 2.45am on Monday and was rushed to John Hunter Hospital where he later died.

The 44-year-old driver allegedly failed to stop after the incident and was arrested and charged later on Monday over the death.

He was granted conditional bail to appear before Newcastle Local Court on January 25.

Later in the day a 75-year-old man rolled his car in the NSW Northern Rivers Region, bringing the 2018 road toll to three on day one.