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Man accused of causing 2017 dangerous driving death freed

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A High Court Judge has upheld a no-case submission filed on behalf of a man who was charged approximately four years ago with causing death by dangerous driving.


Charles Powell was freed of the charge after the judge ruled in favour of his Attorney Warren Cassel who filed the no case submission on his client’s behalf.


Powell was charged with the offence in 2017 after the garbage truck he was driving struck and killed a 17-year-old youth on July 6 that year.


The truck crushed Stephen Perez while he was working with Powell in the Scotts Hill area.


Reportedly, Powell, who was 59-years-old at the time, lost control of the truck when another vehicle sped past him over the hill toward Potters.


Powell’s garbage truck was being sub-contracted by the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) to collect refuse in Scotts Hill.


Perez, who was residing at Tindale Road, was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.


Representing the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the matter was Crown Counsel Radisda Jonas.


Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Anthony Armstrong has hinted at an appeal in the matter.


The DPP’s office will begin working on the grounds of appeal once it is in receipt of the judge’s reasons for the exoneration.

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