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Title Four Corners: While They Were Sleeping
Published Australia : ABC, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (45 min. 54 sec.) ; 276505196 bytes
Summary It was meant to be fun. An Australia Day paddock party, a reunion for a group of 19-year-old school friends before they went their separate ways, to university and work. But something went very wrong. By sunrise, two young people were dying, their families and friends devastated and a community was in shock.At around 4:45am, a 17-year-old reversed his ute and ran over two sleeping teenagers, sharing a swag on the ground next to a stockyard fence. It was an accident, but the driver responsible had broken the law. He didn't have a licence and had been drinking throughout the night.To complicate matters, the driver was also the son of a long-serving local highway patrol officer, who was a colleague and friend of the investigating police. For everyone concerned it was a shocking and conflicted situation. Over the following months, people began to ask questions about the police investigation. Even after a Coronial Inquest, many questions remain unanswered: what did police do on the morning of the incident? Why didn't police take a statement from the driver, or try to interview him that morning? How did the driver blow zero when he was breathalysed? And why did police tell the public and the grieving parents that alcohol was not a factor - and never publically correct their mistake?By reconstructing the events of that night, Four Corners investigates the police handling of the case, asking: why has no one been held to account?
Event Broadcast 2013-10-21 at 20:30:00
Notes Classification: NC
Subject Drunk driving -- Investigation.
Teenagers and death.
Traffic accidents.
Traffic violations.
New South Wales.
Form Streaming video
Author O'Brien, Kerry, host
Hanna, Caro Meldrum, reporter
Blackley, John, contributor
Brown, Gerard, contributor
Dalton, Lee, contributor
Driver, David, contributor
Johnson, Adam, contributor
Nobbs, Trevor, contributor
Pratten, Jack, contributor
Schwab, Michael, contributor
Trethowan, Jonathan, contributor
Wannan, Andrew, contributor
Wannan, Katrina, contributor