/ 12 December 2023

The next step after Daylesford’s dark day

Image source: AAP
Image source: AAP

William Swale – the 66yo who crashed into the Royal Daylesford Hotel’s beer garden on 5 November – has been charged by police. The crash killed Pratibha Sharma, her 9yo daughter Anvi and partner Jatin Chugh, along with Vivek Bhatia and his 11yo son Vihaan. Several others were injured. Yesterday, police alleged that Swale, who is diabetic, received several alerts from an app on his phone that his blood glucose levels were low in the lead-up to the crash, but that he ignored them. Swale’s lawyer Martin Amad says there’s no proof that Swale received/acknowledged the alerts. The charges include 5 counts of culpable driving causing death, 2 counts of negligently causing serious injury, and 7 counts of reckless conduct endangering life. His bail hearing is scheduled for Friday.

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