‘I beg’: Eight deaths in Labor Day road accidents prompt desperate appeal from NSW Police

A staggering death toll on NSW roads over the October long weekend has prompted a desperate police appeal to motorists.

Eight motorists, passengers and pedestrians, ranging from children to grandparents, have died across New South Wales since 00:00 on Friday.

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A 22-year-old man, a 17-year-old man, a 69-year-old woman, a 10-year-old boy, two 32-year-old men, an 83-year-old woman and an 80-year-old man were all killed in separate accidents.

Six other people were injured in the same collisions.

The series of tragedies has prompted the Commander of NSW Police Transport and Motorway Police and Acting Deputy Commissioner Trent King to make an emotional appeal to the public.

“I appeal to all NSW motorists and road users today – please slow down, obey the rules of the road, drive according to conditions and be aware of your surroundings – including other road users,” King said.

“Despite rising tolls, we stop every day and book drivers for speeding, cell phone use, drunk or drug driving and not wearing a seat belt.

“We prefer taking these actions to knocking on the front door of a home late at night to inform a family that they have lost a loved one.

“Long weekends are a time when families and friends can spend together without being told their loved one has been killed in an incident on our roads,” he said.

Friday

A man was killed and a woman left in serious condition in a single-vehicle accident on the state’s north central coast Friday at 12:35 p.m. after a vehicle reportedly went off the road and crashed into a tree.

The 32-year-old male passenger died at the scene on Pacific Highway, Pampoolah, south of Taree, and the 24-year-old driver was treated by paramedics at the scene before being flown to John Hunter Hospital in a serious condition.

Three pedestrians were also killed in separate traffic accidents on Friday.

Tomislav Kolega, 80, was hit by a Daihatsu sedan on Sunflower Drive near Gipps Street in Claremont Meadows at 6.15pm on Friday.

He was treated at the scene by witnesses and paramedics but could not be revived. The 24-year-old male driver was taken to Nepean Hospital for mandatory tests.

Grandfather-of-nine Tomislav Kolega was hit and killed on Friday night after complaining about the unsafe road. Recognition: 7NEWS

The nine-year-old grandfather had reportedly left his daughter’s home and was crossing the street when the incident happened.

Kolega’s daughter, Linda Danyal, told 7NEWS: “He was immediately beaten and killed. The head injuries were severe.”

“It’s just devastating. That should not have happened.”

His family told 7NEWS Kolega had previously complained about the speed limit on the street and how briefly the pedestrian crossing light stayed green.

“When I come over with my young children, we come about halfway there with a green light and then it starts flashing red and cars just don’t look. They don’t pay attention,” Danyal told 7NEWS.

Kolega’s family told 7NEWS he died instantly with severe head injuries. Recognition: 7NEWS

Another collision just before 7pm on Castlereagh Road near Hinxman Road in Penrith claimed the life of a 32-year-old man.

He was reportedly struck by a Mazda BT-50 utility and treated at the scene by witnesses and paramedics, but could not be revived. The 43-year-old male driver was taken to Nepean Hospital for mandatory tests.

In regional NSW, another pedestrian was reportedly hit and killed by a ute just after 6.30pm on the Barton Highway, Murrumbateman on Friday.

The 83-year-old woman was treated at the scene by witnesses but could not be revived. The 25-year-old male Mitsubishi Triton Utility driver was taken to Yass District Hospital for mandatory tests.

Saturday

A single vehicle accident involving an adult, a teenager and a child occurred just before 11am on Flaggs Road near Depot Road, Merriwa on Saturday.

The vehicle is said to have veered off the roadway and struck a tree before overturning several times.

A 10-year-old boy died at the scene and the second passenger – a 15-year-old girl – was taken down the road to John Hunter Hospital in stable condition. The 47-year-old male driver was flown to the same hospital in critical condition.

Sunday

A Ford Falcon saloon was traveling west on Stoney Park Road, Burrumbuttock – some 30km north east of Albury – when the vehicle veered off the roadway between 1am and 8am on Sunday 2 October 2022 and against hit a tree.

The 22-year-old driver and only occupant of the vehicle died at the scene of the accident.

A two-vehicle collision on the Kings Highway in Bungendore around 3:20 p.m. Sunday claimed the life of a 17-year-old male Nissan X-Trail driver, who died at the scene

The other driver, a 71-year-old man, and his 66-year-old wife were pinned in their Toyota Kluger before being helped a short time later and transported to Canberra Hospital with broken bones. They should be in stable condition.

Another two-vehicle crash 30km south-east of Dubbo on the Mitchell Highway near Geurie just after 4.15pm Sunday claimed the life of a 69-year-old female driver.

She died at the scene and her 69-year-old passenger was flown to Liverpool Hospital with serious injuries.

The 71-year-old driver of the second vehicle was also flown to the same hospital with serious injuries.

Investigations into how each crash happened are underway and reports for the coroner are being prepared.

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