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Fatal truck crash driver was ‘confused’, court hears

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Mohinder Singh was advised to see a doctor the day before the crash. Photo: ABC
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A truck driver who killed four Melbourne police officers appeared “confused” and said “he could remember a date from the war” in the lead-up to the crash.

Mohinder Singh was considered fit to drive, but told to see a doctor straight after his night shift ended the morning of April 22, 2020.

He didn’t, and later that day hit and killed Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, Senior Constable Kevin King, and constables Glen Humphris and Josh Prestney on the Eastern Freeway.

Connect Logistics manager Simiona Tuteru is facing a committal hearing in Melbourne Magistrates Court on 82 charges including four of manslaughter.

The evening before the crash, Singh was told to go and see a doctor after speaking to night shift supervisor, Stephen Harrison, about personal problems at home.

“He didn’t look tired and looked not frustrated but confused,” Mr Harrison told court on Tuesday.

“He said to me that he could remember a date from the war … It’s the only thing I thought ‘oh, that’s a bit strange’.”

“My advice was to go and seek medical advice ASAP … go and see a doctor.”

Simiona Tuteru faces 82 charges, including manslaughter, over the deaths of four police officers. Photo: AAP

Mr Harrison said there nothing to indicate Singh was unfit to drive or on drugs.

Singh was high on ice and severely sleep deprived when he hit and killed the officers in the emergency lane. He was jailed last month for up to 22 years.

Tuteru faces multiple breaches of heavy vehicle regulations, including directing or requiring Singh to work while fatigued.

Other charges include obtaining financial advantage by deception, for time sheets submitted in a false name to hide the real number of hours worked.

The committal, to determine if there’s enough evidence for him to stand trial, continues.