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Police Pursuit: Car Crashes Through Fence, Kills Toddler



mother of toddler

mother of toddler

The mother of a toddler killed by a car being pursued by police is calling for a ban on all pursuits in New South Wales.

Seventeen-month-old Tateolena Tauaifaga was pushing a toy pram around her Constitution Hill backyard in 2015 when Christopher Chandler crashed through a fence and careered through the backyard, followed by two police four wheel drives.

Frightening dashcam shows the lives of countless other drivers being put at risk as he leads police down the Cumberland Highway at speeds of up to 140km/h.

Helena Tauaifaga has spoken for the first time to 9NEWS about the horrifying chain of events.

“We just heard cars, you know car engines just zooming,” she said.

She wiped away tears as she described screaming for help.

Tateolena Tauaifaga was killed in her Constitution Hill

Tateolena Tauaifaga was killed in her Constitution Hill Backyard

“I just didn’t know what to do, I ran out with my newborn in my arms so I just felt so helpless. It was just, it was just terrible.”

Tateolena was pushing a toy pram when a car smashed into her backyard

Tateolena was pushing a toy pram when a car smashed into her backyard

Chandler was wanted for armed robberies in the area but instead of arresting him at a local shopping centre police decided to place a GPS tracker on his vehicle.

Seven hours later when they moved in he sped off and the pursuit began.

Ms Tauaifaga says they knew his history and never should have taken that risk. She is also critical of police pursuits overall.

There have been calls for a ban since Gai Vieira’s car was hit by a Highway Patrol Vehicle in Cronulla, leaving her fighting for life.

But a week ago senior police warned that could have unintended consequences for other types of emergencies.

Chandler pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was jailed for a maximum of 19 years.


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