Police have charged a babysitter involved in rash driving, which led to an accident that killed a policeman’s daughter in the state’s north.
Babysitter Courteney Matthews was involved in a crash that killed four-year-old Elle Underhill, the daughter of New South Wales police officer, Sergeant Steve Underhill. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the accident occurred as the sitter drove a Mazda 323 that collided with a Subaru Liberty at 1:20 p.m. on December 18, 2015. Elle was accompanied by her two-year-old sister, Elaina, and a third unnamed seven-year-old girl, who was in the front seat of the car.
Elle died on the spot while Elaina suffered from serious injuries. She was rushed to Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane. On the other hand, the third child was treated for shock in the hospital. Matthews has now been charged over the girl’s death.
The 18-year-old has been charged with several counts of crimes that include dangerous driving causing death, driving negligence causing death, and others. The crash occurred on the Bruxner Highway, about 10 kilometres east of Casino. The child was seated at the back when the car collided with the Subaru. The collision also injured the 81-year-old Subaru driver. He was hospitalised after the incident.
9News reported that as soon as the girl’s father was informed, he arrived at the scene. He was on duty for Richmond Police Local Area Command when he was informed about the matter. He found his daughter dead on the spot. “[He] tried desperately to help but was suffering shock,” a witness, Tazman Currie, told The Courier Mail in December. The child’s mother, Michelle, also arrived at the spot soon after she was informed about the crash.
Matthews’ driving license has been suspended after the crash. She is scheduled to be presented at the Casino Local Court on July 20 for further legal proceedings.