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Senior cop who lost an arm stands to ‘lose hundreds of thousands of dollars’

A police officer whose leg was amputated after a car accident while he was manning a random breath test unit stands to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars – all because he was working while it happened. 

Policemen Jonathon Wright and Matthew Foley were working a random breath test site in Sydney’s southwest in February when a distracted driver plowed into the pair, trapping them between a car and police van.

Constable Wright’s leg had to be amputated after the smash, and now he faces losing a significant amount of money because of a conflict between compulsory third-party insurance and the workers’ compensation scheme, the Sunday Telegraph reported.

An amendment to the law made in December means anyone injured in a car accident while working can receive workers’ compensation for medical treatment and financial loss.

 

A police officer whose leg was amputated after a car accident while he was manning a random breath test unit stands to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars 

Constable Jonathon Wright's leg had to be amputated after the smash, and now he faces losing a significant amount of money because of a conflict between compulsory third-party insurance and the workers' compensation scheme 

Constable Jonathon Wright’s leg had to be amputated after the smash, and now he faces losing a significant amount of money because of a conflict between compulsory third-party insurance and the workers’ compensation scheme 

Driver Jakob Thornton, 22, appeared in court accused of ploughing into the policemen at 60km/h while looking at his phone 

Driver Jakob Thornton, 22, appeared in court accused of ploughing into the policemen at 60km/h while looking at his phone 

They can also ask for a payout for loss of earnings and damages under the compulsory third party scheme – however if they do both the victim is obliged to repay treatment expenses to the workers’ compensation insurer, and they are unable to claim future medical expenses.

Because of this, Constable Wright – a husband and father to three young children – will lose ‘hundreds of thousands of dollars’, according to Australian Lawyers Alliance state president Andrew Stone.  

Constable Wright was on duty at a random breath test site in west Sydney when a Fiat van driver allegedly smashed into him and colleague Matthew Foley.

He was rushed to hospital where his leg was amputated 15cm above his foot. 

The GoFundMe page says: 'He was just a bloke going to work, supporting his family and protecting his community' 

Constable Wright – a husband and father to three young children – will lose ‘hundreds of thousands of dollars’ according to Australian Lawyers Alliance state president Andrew Stone 

One of the constables is pictured being taken into hospital by ambulance after the crash

One of the constables is pictured being taken into hospital by ambulance after the crash

Driver Jakob Thornton, 22, appeared in court accused of plowing into the policemen at 60km/h while looking at his phone.

He faced Parramatta Bail Court via video link, charged with dangerous driving offences, including dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and using a mobile phone when not permitted. 

The court heard Mr Thornton lost his licence four times in four years, and was fined in 2016 for using his mobile while driving, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Mr Thornton then admitted to police officers he was looking at his phone for 10 to 20 seconds when he crashed into the two officers, the court heard. 

‘Ten to 20 seconds at 60 kilometres an hour, that is a few hundred metres,’ magistrate John Favretto said, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Prosecutor senior sergeant Leesa McEvoy told the court police lights and safety measures were in place as the constables set up the road side breath testing site.

‘The strength of the prosecution case is nothing short of solid,’ senior sergeant McEvoy added.  

This is the van that allegedly smashed into the constables as they worked at the breath test site 

This is the van that allegedly smashed into the constables as they worked at the breath test site 

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