Last Updated on December 11, 2023, 9:23 am
William Swale, 66, allegedly ignored nine blood sugar warning alerts before crash-killing five people.
A Mount Macedon man, William Swale, 66, who was charged with 14 offenses after fatally injuring five people by slamming his BMW into the crowd, faces the Court on Monday via a video link from the Police station. The court hearing revealed shocking details of hours before the harrowing event.
The prosecutor revealed before the Court that Swale had ignored eight warnings of low blood sugar, nine within the hour before the fatal crash. Swale, 66, a Mount Macedon, Australia resident, was charged with five counts of culpable driving causing death, two counts of negligently causing serious injury, and seven counts of reckless conduct endangering life.
What is William Swale accused of?
On November 5, 2023, emergency services responded to a heart-wrenching incident where a BMW, driven by Swale, had failed to execute a U-turn and rammed into several patrons gathered on the front lawn area of Royal Daylesford Hotel on Albert Street, just after 6 p.m.
A CCTV of the incident showed Swale failing to make a right turn and going straight across the reserve, hitting several individuals and killing five, including Pratibha Sharma, 44, her daughter Anvi, 9, and partner Jatin Kumar, 30, and their friend Vivek Bhatia, 38, and his son Vihaan, 11.
Vihaan’s mother, Ruchi Bhatia, and his brother, Abeer, were seriously injured. Three other people, a 43-year-old woman from Kyneton, a 38-year-old man from Cockatoo, and an 11-month-old boy, were also injured and taken to the hospital.
The Court Hearing
Swale appeared in Melbourne’s Magistrate Court via video link from a police station on Monday. The court proceeding revealed Swale’s history of ‘excessive speeding,’ with 32 fines and one criminal offense. Swale was diagnosed with diabetes in 1994 and was wearing a blood glucose monitoring device that sends alerts to his phone when his glucose levels are outside the normal range.
The prosecutor, Mitchell Wilson, alleged that Swale had received and ignored numerous alerts that day. After an initial alert at 5:17 p.m., he ignored eight notifications within an hour. He continued to drive instead of addressing them until he lost control and ran into several people outside the Royal Daylesford Hotel at 6:07 p.m.
His defense lawyer, Martin Amad, argued that Swale had received a medical episode. He said Swale would plead not guilty because his ability to receive and respond to the notifications had been compromised. He was unaware of them and returned to his vehicle without knowing of low blood sugar levels.
The Court also learned that Swale had a history of traffic infringement notices for excessive speed, 32 notices, and one criminal offense for speeding more than three decades ago. His defense lawyer, Amad, sought bail for Swale and argued that his client posed a low risk of reoffending and had family support.
The magistrate, Brett Sonnet, ordered Swale to be remanded until a written decision on the bail application could be provided on December 15. If he is granted bail, Swale would be facing a driving ban, and the charge of culpable driving causing death carries a maximum jail term of twenty years.
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