Truck driver charged with causing death of another truck driver

A 51-year-old truck driver charged over causing the death of another truck driver at Parwan will face a contested committal hearing later this year. Warren Blake, 51, was charged with three offences after a fatal truck collision at Parwan, south of Bacchus Marsh, on March 25 last year. Truck driver Andrew Rodger died as a result of the collision on the Geelong-Bacchus Marsh road about 6.30am.

A committal mention was held at the Ballarat Magistrates’ Court on Thursday for Blake. He did not attend the brief hearing due to the coronavirus restrictions. Seven witnesses are expected to give evidence at a one-day contested committal hearing, with five of those witnesses allowed to be cross-examined by the defence.

The witnesses include police experts and people who went to help Mr Rodger after the collision. Blake is charged with dangerous driving causing death, careless driving and failing to drive to the left of the dividing line. The contested committal hearing will be held at the Ballarat Magistrates’ Court on December 15.

At the end of the hearing, the magistrate will decide whether there is sufficient evidence for the case to go to the County Court. Blake’s bail, which includes a condition he live at a Darley address, was extended until December’s hearing. IN OTHER NEWS If you are seeing this message you are a loyal digital subscriber to The Courier, as we made this story available only to subscribers.

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A 51-year-old truck driver charged over causing the death of another truck driver at Parwan will face a contested committal hearing later this year. Warren Blake, 51, was charged with three offences after a fatal truck collision at Parwan, south of Bacchus Marsh, on March 25 last year.

Truck driver Andrew Rodger died as a result of the collision on the Geelong-Bacchus Marsh road about 6.30am. A committal mention was held at the Ballarat Magistrates’ Court on Thursday for Blake. He did not attend the brief hearing due to the coronavirus restrictions.

The truck that Blake was driving. Photo: 9 News.

Seven witnesses are expected to give evidence at a one-day contested committal hearing, with five of those witnesses allowed to be cross-examined by the defence. The witnesses include police experts and people who went to help Mr Rodger after the collision. Blake is charged with dangerous driving causing death, careless driving and failing to drive to the left of the dividing line.

The contested committal hearing will be held at the Ballarat Magistrates’ Court on December 15. At the end of the hearing, the magistrate will decide whether there is sufficient evidence for the case to go to the County Court. Blake’s bail, which includes a condition he live at a Darley address, was extended until December’s hearing.

IN OTHER NEWS If you are seeing this message you are a loyal digital subscriber to The Courier, as we made this story available only to subscribers. Thank you very much for your support and allowing us to continue telling Ballarat’s story.

We appreciate your support of journalism in our great city.

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