Driver charged over police officer’s death

THE driver of the four wheel drive vehicle involved in the death of a Sale police officer on Wednesday is facing charges of culpable driving and dangerous driving causing death.

Patrick Mattu, 30, from Bairnsdale, faced an out of sessions hearing on Wednesday night in Bairnsdale and was remanded to front Bairnsdale Magistrates' Court on Thursday morning.

It is believed a four wheel drive vehicle was travelling east along the Princes Highway near Lindenow South when it and a motorcycle collided head-on about 7am.

The female rider of the motorcycle, whose name had not been released yesterday morning, died at the scene.

It is understood the 53-year-old Senior Constable was travelling to work in Sale and The Age reported that the driver of the four wheel drive was believed to be a Gippsland-based doctor.

The driver and his female passenger in the four wheel drive were not injured.

The Princes Highway was blocked in both directions, with traffic diverted at Bengworden Rd, as detectives from the Major Collision Investigation Unit examined the scene.

Police appeal for anyone with information about the collision to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

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