Nigerian faces 10-year jail term in Australia for causing multiple auto crash that killed one

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A Nigerian migrant in Australia, Francis Omigie, 53, who drove a Toyota Echo  and  caused a catastrophic pile-up on Sydney’s M4 that killed a tradesman on his way to work told police that he ‘didn’t see’ the collision before fleeing the scene.
According to The Mail, Omigie changed lanes in his Toyota Echo and suddenly stopped on the M4 at the Church Street off-ramp in Sydney’s west on May 9, 2019 – causing a multi-vehicle crash at about 5.50am.
An Isuzu truck carrying beer kegs was unable to avoid the 11-vehicle pile-up on the ‘Death Valley’ exit before hitting a ute that killed Irish tradesman Francis Shanley, 36, from Wentworthville.
Omigie, who migrated to Australia from Nigeria, drove away unscathed and told NSW Police that he ‘didn’t see’ the crash after 200 metres of debris was left sprawled along the motorway.
The Parramatta Local Court was shown footage of Omigie’s interrogation on Thursday, where he slammed his hands on the desk before responding to a police officer in an expletive-ridden rant.
‘I swear to god I didn’t see it,’ he said.
Police questioned the part-time electrical trades assistant on whether he stopped his vehicle to avoid paying tolls.
‘Did you decide that you didn’t wanna pay the toll and decide to try and exit the freeway at Church Street, is that what you were trying to do?’ An officer asked.
Omigie denied the claim and said his car had lost power earlier that morning but police found no mechanical issues.
The 53-year-old was found guilty of dangerous driving occasioning death and failing to stop and assist.

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During the trial the Nigerian national attempted to shift the blame of the fatal crash on truck driver Luke Tisdell, claiming he had marijuana in his system 30 minutes before the collision.
The 34-year-old truck driver said he had a cigarette and coffee the morning of the deadly crash while driving from his Winmalee home to the Toohey’s brewery at Lidcombe.
After the collision, Mr Tinsdell told the court: ‘I was scared and not in a very good mental state. I just killed someone and I’m still not over it’, the Daily Telegraph reported.
The court heard the truck driver of 15 years had never had an accident after he described the collision as ‘cars out to war’.
Omigie is now in custody and is facing a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
At the time of the fatal crash, Mr Shanley’s devastated fiancée, Broc Nicholson, shared an emotional message about his death to Facebook.
‘He will be forever in our hearts and sadly missed. I thank you all for your love, support and messages of kind words.
‘Going to be a long road ahead getting back on our feet… Fly high my beautiful angel I love you forever and always.’

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