Tow truck driver had drugs in his system at the time of fatal collision with cyclist, court hears

A Melbourne tow truck driver tested positive for methylamphetamine after colliding with a cyclist in a fatal crash in the city’s inner-north, a court has been told.

Mendo Vrskovski, 48, from Meadow Heights, was charged with dangerous driving causing death after the collision at Pascoe Vale South on Tuesday.

Police allege the tow truck driver, who works for Brunswick-based company All Suburbs Towing, was taking a car to a local panel shop around 1pm and following directions on his phone.

They alleged Vrskovski went through a give way sign and turned right onto Melville Road at the intersection of Brearley Parade before hitting the cyclist, a 43-year-old Brunswick West man.

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The cyclist became stuck under the truck and was dragged several meters, according to court documents. He later died at the scene.

Police said the truck driver immediately stopped his vehicle and got out to assist the man, along with bystanders. They said the incident was captured on CCTV and on the truck’s dash cam.

Officers alleged in court documents that Vrskovski underwent a preliminary oral fluid test at the scene and returned a positive result for methylamphetamine.

He later refused a request to provide a blood sample. Police said Vrskovski denied using drugs and gave no explanation as to why he tested positive in the oral fluid test.

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