Ex-police minister's dad charged over fatal hit-run
Ex-police minister Troy Grant said his devastated father "has offered to trade his own life to bring back" the man he is accused of killing in a late night hit-and-run in the Hunter.
Kenneth Wayne Grant, 70, has been charged overnight with causing the death of leading Sydney scientist Tony Greenfield after a party they had both attended just outside Maitland on November 30.
Mr Grant, who was police minister until the March state election, arrived at Burwood Local Court this morning where his father is in custody, due to front a magistrate.
"Obviously I'm here to support my father today and attempt to get him bail, to get the medical assistance he needs," Mr Grant told reporters.
"All he has talked about is the terrific person Tony and his family were. He can't speak highly enough of him
"His remorse is devastating. He has offered to trade his own life to bring Tony back.
"That's not possible the only thing we can do is try and get his family and everyone the answers on how and why this tragedy has occurred and that journey starts today."
Police responding to reports the man had been hit on Flat Rd, Bolwarra, around 11.30pm that night allegedly saw Grant snr travelling in the opposite direction in a Mazda BT50 ute at nearby Lorn.
The highway patrol officers allegedly tried to stop the vehicle and Grant snr allegedly failed to stop, leading them on a short, low-speed pursuit which ended when the car mounted the footpath.
Grant snr allegedly failed a roadside breath test before being taken to Maitland Police Station where he recorded a 0.108 blood alcohol level.
He was charged at the time with mid-range drink driving and police pursuit - not stop - drive recklessly and released on bail by police.
Crash investigators returned to the scene in the following days and forensics examined Grant snr's car for DNA.
Yesterday afternoon, eight days after the alleged incident, Grant snr arrived at Ryde Police Station with a close family friend Newcastle solicitor Nick Dan.
Overnight police charged Grant snr with five additional offences; dangerous driving occasioning death - DUI, dangerous driving occasioning death - manner dangerous, negligent driving causing death, fail to stop and assist after vehicle impact causing death (Crimes Act) and fail to stop and assist after impact causing death (Road Transport Act).
Mr Greenfield's family and his employer NSW Health Pathology, have both paid tribute to him in their past week.
His daughter Bronwen said her father's death had broken her heart.
"I have no words to explain the heartache we have over a man who had such a positive impact on so many lives," she posted to Instagram.
"Dad, every day I counted my lucky stars to have you as my father.
"Now our beautiful family is forever broken and I don't know what I'll do without you.
"You took your last breath with my mum by your side, the love of your life, and I'll be forever grateful she is still with us."
Troy Grant was police and emergency services minister from 2017-2019 before he retired after the March election.
He was the Nationals leader for the seat of Dubbo from 2011.