British tourist killed within an hour of landing in Australia

Ruth Doherty
British tourist killed within an hour of landing in Australia
British tourist killed within an hour of landing in Australia

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A British tourist was killed in a car crash involving a stolen car within an hour of landing in Australia today.

The 36-year-old as-yet-unnamed Briton died when the taxi he was in was hit by the stolen car as it was making its way into Perth from the airport.

The 28-year-old taxi driver also died in the crash, which saw the cab hit by the four-wheel drive at high speed after it ran a red light at a road junction.

According to the Daily Mail, the PerthNow website say the Briton was a physics doctor who had planned to combine a two-week holiday in Perth with a conference he had there.

Police patrol cars and a helicopter had been chasing the stolen vehicle, but dropped back when they decided the chase was too dangerous.

It us understood the helicopter actually caught the crash on camera.

The 23-year-old driver of the Toyota four-wheel drive suffered a broken leg in the crash, and was interviewed in a Perth hospital by Major Crash Unit investigators.

He was later charged with two counts of manslaughter.

Assistant Commissioner Gary Budge told Sky News: "It is difficult to imagine the trauma the two families must be feeling out there today and I want to pass on our condolences to both of those families and tell them that we will provide all the support that is possible."



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