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sydney crash Driver who caused horrific 11-vehicle pile-up which led to Irishman's death is convicted


Francis Omigie

Francis Omigie

Francis Omigie

A driver who caused an horrific 11-vehicle pile-up near Sydney which lead to the death of a young Irish tradesman has been convicted of dangerous driving occasioning death. 

Francis Shanley (36) died in the collision, when Francis Omigie changed lanes on the busy M4 Motorway and suddenly stopped, causing truck to crash into the Irishman’s Ute vehicle.

Francis was a native of Currycramp, Bornacoola, Co Leitrim and is understood to have been living in Australia for about ten years.

Omigie (53) stopped on the M4 at the Church Street off-ramp in Sydney's west, causing a multi-vehicle crash at about 5.50am on the morning of May 9, 2019.

An Isuzu truck carrying beer kegs was unable to avoid the pile up on the 'Death Valley' exit before hitting Shanley’s vehicle.

Shanley, who had been living in the Sydney suburb of Wentworthville, was engaged to Broc Nicholson who shared an emotional message about his death on Facebook at the time.


Francis Shanley and fiancee Broc Nicholson

Francis Shanley and fiancee Broc Nicholson

Francis Shanley and fiancee Broc Nicholson

“He will be forever in our hearts and sadly missed. I thank you all for your love, support and messages of kind words,” she wrote. “Going to be a long road ahead getting back on our feet... Fly high my beautiful angel I love you forever and always.”

Nigerian national Omigie drove away and later told NSW Police that he “didn't see” the crash.

The Parramatta Local Court was shown footage of Omigie's interrogation where police questioned the part-time electrical trades assistant on whether he stopped his vehicle to avoid paying tolls..

He slammed his hands on the desk before responding to a police officer in an expletive-ridden rant.

“I swear to god I didn't see it,” he insisted.

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Omigie said his car had lost power earlier that morning but police found no mechanical issues.

He was also questioned about a text message he sent to his wife saying he nearly got hit in a collision.

“It didn't happen, I just sent it just to have sympathy that's all,” he explained.

During his trial Omigie attempted to shift the blame of the fatal crash on truck driver Luke Tisdell, claiming he had marijuana in his system 30 minutes before the collision.

The 34-year-old truck driver said he had a cigarette and coffee the morning of the deadly crash while driving from his Winmalee home to the Toohey's brewery at Lidcombe.

After the collision, Mr Tinsdell told the court: “I was scared and not in a very good mental state. I just killed someone and I'm still not over it.”

Omigie was found guilty of dangerous driving occasioning death and failing to stop and assist.

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