Police have charged one of high-profile brain surgeon Charlie Teo’s daughters after her car allegedly collided with the founder of Australia’s Comanchero motorcycle club on NSW’s Central Coast yesterday.
Nicole Teo, 24, was driving a Toyota Landcruiser when the car allegedly crossed to the wrong side of the road and struck former bikie Jock Ross on his Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Mr Ross suffered critical injuries in the head-on collision on Settlers Road at Lower Macdonald around 3.30pm.
The 76-year-old was airlifted to Westmead Hospital with head, leg, arm and internal injuries. Ms Teo has undergone mandatory drug and alcohol tests. She has been charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, not keep left of the dividing line and not giving particulars to police.
The 24-year-old was granted conditional bail and will face Windsor Local Court on October 17.
Inspector Andrew McAlpine from NSW Ambulance said Ross’ condition was grave enough to warrant sending a medical helicopter to administer aid.
“The patient had suffered significant and serious injuries. He sustained lower leg, pelvic and some head injuries,” Insp. McAlpine said.
“He wasn’t in a great way. He was treated at the scene by CareFlight doctors and intensive care paramedics and due to the seriousness of his condition he was placed into an induced coma and evacuated via helicopter to Westmead Hospital.
Ross, a Glasgow-born former soldier, founded the Comancheros on the New South Wales Central Coast with four other motorcycle enthusiasts on April 15, 1966.
Styled as the club’s ‘supreme commander’, he led them into the 1984 Milperra Massacre, in which four of his men as well as two Bandidos and a 14-year-old girl died.
He took a gunshot to the head which gave him vision loss and a brain injury – but he survived.
Ross was jailed for murder in 1987 over his role instigating the massacre. He was released in 1992 after serving just five years.
Following the Milperra Massacre, Ross, who lives in Lower Macdonald, had maintained nominal control of the Comanchero for almost 20 years until a new breed of bikie arrived.
Rapid recruitment of Middle Eastern members in the late 1990s was splitting the club.
Ross was spending much of his time in retirement on the Central Coast near Mangrove Mountain when a group of the new brigade, including Mahmoud ‘Mick’ Hawi, who was shot dead last year, drove up to visit about 2002.
According to former detective Duncan McNab’s book Outlaw Bikers in Australia, the visitors were concerned about the club’s leadership and told Ross they wanted to chat.
The new members of the Comanchero, young and fearless, respected only money and power and had no time for how the old guard – including their club’s founding father – wanted things run.
‘Ross was unsuspecting and outnumbered and the discussion was quick and violent,’ McNab wrote. ‘The Comancheros, led by Mick Hawi, delivered a comprehensive beating to the much older leader.
‘They left him battered and took both his club colours and his Harley-Davidson. It was the outlaw equivalent of spitting in Jock’s face.’
Ross eventually left the club, moved north of Sydney and is now a Rural Fire Service captain and grandfather of 12. His wife of almost 50 years, Vanessa Ross, is by his bedside at Westmead Hospital. His condition is listed as serious and he is set to undergo further surgery today.
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