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Dee Why fatal truck raid finds 'dozens of defects'

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 5 days ago Sean Thompson

Police have discovered dozens of defects in a fleet of garbage trucks linked to a crash that killed a woman while she was pushing her grandson in a pram on Sydney's northern beaches.

Officers from the Traffic Task Force raided waste management company United Resources Management in relation to the death of grandmother Hare Mathieson last Thursday.

Mrs Mathieson was killed when she was struck by the garbage truck in Moorilla Rd while pushing a pram with her 18-month-old grandson inside at 11.45am.

The child was not injured in the crash.

Following investigations, the 27-year-old driver of the garbage truck Tere Tekii was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death, and negligent driving occasioning death. He is due to face Manly Local Court on March 7.

About 5.30am today, the Traffic Task Force began a compliance inspection at the waste management company’s sites at Middleton Road, Cromer and Spencer Street in Five Dock.

Police said of the 36 URM vehicles inspected, 25 had non-compliant speed limiters - meaning they could potentially travel beyond 100km/h.

A further 23 defects were found, ranging from oil and fuel leaks and faulty lights to brake issues and defective seating.

The trucks will need to be cleared by Roads and Maritime Services before they can return to the road.

a green truck parked in front of a bus: <p>Police are conducting raids at a garbage company whose truck was involved in a fatal crash last week.</p> © Provided by Nine News

Police are conducting raids at a garbage company whose truck was involved in a fatal crash last week.

Commander of the Traffic & Highway Patrol, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, said today’s operation directly related to the fatal crash in Dee Why .

“Last week’s crash in Dee Why – which resulted in the death of a grandmother – is nothing short of a tragedy. Thankfully, the young child the woman was pushing in a pram was not injured," Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.

“While the matter is now before the court, I can say that today’s operation is in direct response to the crash.

“Today, we will be going over trucks owned by the company with a fine-tooth comb.

“The operation today should serve as a warning to all other companies, that we will inspect your entire fleet if one of your trucks is involved in a serious incident.

“Don’t wait until you or one of your drivers gets involved in a serious crash, get your fleet and processes in place now, so that it doesn’t happen at all."

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