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The man accused of being behind the wheel of a truck that fatally ploughed into four police on a Melbourne freeway has made a brief court appearance, as officers raid homes connected to his employer.
Mohinder Singh, 47, is charged with culpable driving causing the deaths of Leading Senior Constable Lynnette Taylor, Senior Constable Kevin King and constables Glen Humphris and Josh Prestney as they were impounding a Porsche on the Eastern Freeway at Kew on Wednesday.
In Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday, Singh did not apply for bail. Lawyer Steven Pica said Singh had anxiety and depression and may have had an undiagnosed psychiatric issue his whole life.
Victoria Police on Monday revealed the major collision investigation unit had raided two homes.
"This morning our MCIU and our heavy vehicle unit have executed two search warrants at addresses in Croydon and Frankston associated with the trucking company," Assistant Commissioner Libby Murphy said.
Heavy vehicle laws came into effect in 2014 to consider the chain of responsibility for vehicles more than 4.5 tonnes, to ensure the vehicles are safe and drivers stick to responsible hours, she said.
Trucking company Connect Logistics, released a short statement following the raids and court appearance.
"Our prayers and deepest condolences go out to their families, the Victoria Police and everyone dealing with this horrific loss," the statement reads.
"As the issue is still under investigation it has not been appropriate for us to comment any further. We remain heartbroken by this tragedy."
Police allege Porsche driver Richard Pusey, 41, was clocked doing 149km/h while under the influence of methylamphetamine and cannabis, prompting police to impound his car.
This article first appeared on www.westernmagazine.com.au
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