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Garbage truck driver to remain behind bars after killing pedestrian in hit-and-run

Garbage truck driver to remain behind bars after killing pedestrian in hit-and-run

A 21-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed by a reversing garbage truck before his body was allegedly moved aside and left at the alleyway.

George Yuhan Lin was seen on CCTV footage looking at his phone while walking along Central Street in Sydney’s CBD around 1.30am on Wednesday when a garbage truck hit him from behind.

Police allege the driver, 51-year-old Tuiniua Fine, was seen putting on gloves and moving Lin’s body out from under the vehicle before driving off and continuing his garbage run.

Fine was arrested at Kings Cross later that morning, with police seizing the truck.

The Lakemba man faced Central Local Court on Thursday after being charged with several offences including manslaughter, failing to stop and assist after a vehicle impact causing death, dangerous driving causing death, and improperly interfering with a corpse or human remains.

“We managed to get some CCTV which actually shows us quite clearly what happened,” said NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy.

“And when those allegations become clear, the public we think will be quite appalled at the behaviour we’re going to allege.”

Fine did not apply for bail and will remain behind bars until the case is back in court in April.