A truck driver allegedly ran a red light before sparking a crash that claimed the life of a father-of-two in Melbourne’s southeast.
Yunish Naidu, 52, was just two kilometres from his home when police said a 30-tonne truck collided with his Kia.
The incident occurred at the intersection of Wellington Rd and Braeburn Pde in Rowville just before 9am on January 11.
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The truck also smashed into another two cars and crushed a power pole that then fell onto a vehicle, according to authorities.
The occupants of the other cars escaped injury.
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Three weeks after the incident, Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives have charged the truck driver with dangerous driving causing death, careless driving and entering an intersection against red light traffic.
The 27-year-old man from Dandenong, who was not injured and stopped at the scene, will appear before Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
Naidu had pulled out of Wellington Village when his car was flipped on its roof, police said last month.
“I looked out and just saw the dust there at the set of lights and I heard a big bang,” witness Frank Menna told 7NEWS.
Yunish Naidu died when his Kia collided with a 30-tonne truck in Rowville. Credit: 7NEWS
Residents said the area had been a concern for some time, with another driver killed at the same set of lights in 2018.
“We have numerous accidents at the intersection, and it is only a matter of time until we have another,” resident Mark Plews said.
Safety upgrades pledged by the federal government in 2019 were backflipped on in the latest budget.
Member for Rowville Kim Wells said last month “the government has to take action now, not wait for another accident to happen”.