POLICE have charged a 44-year-old driver after a Central Coast crash that left one pedestrian dead and another in critical condition.
The crash occurred across the road from a popular fishing area on Tuggerah Lakes, Pelicans Wharf, and near a motel and suburban area close to North Entrance beach.
Nearby residents and passing cars stopped to assist police and emergency crews who found a man dead in a dark section of Wilfred Barrett Drive near Mini Street and another man critically injured some metres away, while others linked to the two were distressed and in shock.
The dead man, who has not been formally identified, is believed to be in his 20s. The surviving pedestrian, 46, was taken to John Hunter Hospital in a critical condition.
The driver of the vehicle, 44, was taken to Wyong Hospital for mandatory testing.
On Sunday he was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death, dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, cause bodily harm by misconduct, negligent driving occasioning death, negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, and negligent driving.
His licence was suspended and confiscated, and he will face court in August.
Tuggerah Lakes police established a crime scene while investigators examined the circumstances of the incident.
A report will be prepared for the coroner.
Separately, police are investigating after a pursuit on the M1 at Berowra. Officers used road spikes at Ourimbah to stop the car before the driver fled into bushland.
An 18-year-old passenger was arrested and released pending further inquiries by police.
- Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000