The tanker driver charged over a fiery fatal crash on
Sydney's northern beaches has claimed his vehicle had
Shane Day, 47, was charged with multiple offences, including
dangerous driving occasioning death, after the tanker he was
driving crashed in Mona Vale last October and exploded.
A driver and a passenger from another vehicle were killed in
the huge explosion.
Day briefly appeared in Manly Local Court today.
Outside court, his lawyer Dennis Miralis said his client
would fight the charges.
He said an inspection of the Cootes Transport truck that Day
was driving revealed the brakes were defective.
"We have been advised by the police and RMS (Roads and
Maritime Services) that a very thorough inspection of this
vehicle disclosed that the brakes were defective and not
functioning properly," he said.
Mr Miralis, who stood in front of a silent, stony-faced Day,
said it was rather unusual that Day's employer had given a
driver the truck when it had a known defect.
"This is clearly a very traumatic event for my client," the
"He not only suffered physical injuries during the course of
this incident but he is now going through the incredibly
stressful experience of being charged with this very serious
Day's matter was adjourned to Central Local Court on July 24.