Driver in fatal crash 24 hours after licence suspended

A suspended and unaccompanied learner driver will face court on Thursday accused of high-range drink-driving 24 hours before he was involved in a fatal crash in Sydney's west.
Police charged a Pendle Hill driver, 28, with negligent and dangerous driving occasioning death after a St Marys man, 34, was killed in a collision at Prospect on Tuesday morning.
The accused was also charged with driving while suspended and being an unaccompanied learner driver and refused bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court on Thursday.
He was arrested and charged by police on Wednesday after he was released from Westmead Hospital.
Police will allege the accused swerved onto the wrong side of the Great Western Highway in a Hyundai Sonata and collided head-on into two cars about 1.30am.
A passenger in a Mazda 626 died at the scene.
Phil Brooks, of the NSW Police crash investigation unit, said the Pendle Hill man was arrested 24 hours earlier after the silver Hyandai Sonata he was driving collided with a Suzuki Swift on the Great Western Highway at Wentworthville about 1.10am.
He was arrested and charged with high-range drink-driving after he returned a blood-alcohol reading of 0.229.
His licence was suspended but he was back behind the wheel the next morning.
Police expect to lay more charges after they recieve the results of blood and urine tests taken after the fatal crash at Prospect.

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