‘Heroic’ garbage truck grandma identified
The grandmother killed after pushing her grandson’s pram out of the way of a garbage truck on Sydney’s northern beaches has been identified as “beloved mother” Hane Mathieson.
Ms Mathieson, 58, was walking along Moorilla Street at Dee Why at 11.45am on Thursday when, it is believed, the truck reversed up the narrow, one-way street and crushed her. Despite emergency services arriving quickly, police said she was “too badly injured” and died at the scene. Her 18-month-old grandson was uninjured.
The family of Ms Mathieson, a mother of three and grandmother of one, released a statement yesterday afternoon.
“On the 8th of February, 2018, our beloved mother, Hane Mathieson, was killed in a traffic accident,” they wrote.
“We are shocked and heartbroken. Our deepest thanks and love for your prayers, love, and the food that has already begun to pile up in our homes. We feel well supported and are so thankful.
“Please be patient and gentle with us as we navigate the coming weeks.”
Friends and family offered their condolences. One woman wrote: “I hope you take comfort in knowing your mum’s last actions were heroic.” A man wrote: “She was someone who despite tremendous adversity, held herself up remarkably well and took stock of the simple things. May she truly rest in peace.”
Ms Mathieson’s daughter Rachel broke down in tears as she arrived at the scene of the accident.
The identity of the man who was behind the wheel has also been revealed.
Teremoana “Tere” Tekii, the father of a 17-month-old girl, is alleged to have been driving the United Resource Management truck when it struck Ms Mathieson.
Officers from the NSW Police Force’s Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit opened an investigation and on Thursday evening Mr Tekii was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death and negligent driving occasioning death.
Dangerous driving occasioning death carries a maximum of 10 years in jail and means police believe he was driving at a dangerous speed or in a dangerous manner. Negligent driving occasioning death carries a maximum jail term of 18 months.
“(Mr Tekii) won’t be coming back to work for a while,” a spokeswoman for United Resource Management said.
“He’s very, very upset. We do feel terrible for the driver.”
Mr Tekii was granted conditional bail to appear at Manly Local Court on March 7.
Hane Mathieson, main; the pram being removed from the accident scene in Sydney’s Dee Why, top right; and Teremoana ‘Tere’ Tekii, above right