The boyfriend of a woman who died along with three children in a horror crash has been charged with separate domestic violence offences.
Tania Murphy, 36, and three children were driving near the intersection of Research Road and Toorak Road in Yanco, near Leeton in the NSW Riverina region about 11.15pm on Tuesday.
All four were killed when the vehicle Ms Murphy was driving struck a pole and crashed down an embankment, landing roof down in a water channel.
As part of ongoing inquiries police arrested a 32-year-old man – who is believed to be Ms Murphy’s boyfriend – and a 50-year-old woman on Wednesday morning.
No charges have been laid in relation to the fatal crash, but the man has been charged with two counts of stalk/intimidate with the intent to cause harm, and one count of aggravated break and enter.
“Officers attached to Murrumbidgee Police District have been told the rear door of a home in Cudgel Street, Yanco, was allegedly kicked in and a resident threatened shortly after 11pm Tuesday (4 April 2023),” NSW Police said in a statement.
“About 15 minutes later, a vehicle being driven along Research Road left the road and crashed, resulting in the deaths of a 36-year-old woman and three (children).”
He has been refused bail to appear at Griffith Local Court on Thursday.
The woman has been released without charge pending further investigations.
The small agricultural town of Yanco is approximately seven kilometres south of Leeton in the state’s inland Riverina region.
Leeton Shire mayor Tony Reneker said the tight-knit community was in a state of shock following the tragedy.
“The death of so many people in one family in a situation like this is unimaginable,” he told The Daily Telegraph.
“The community is experiencing shock, despair and disbelief that this could happen in our town.”