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Ute driver bailed over crash that killed young NSW police officer

Ute driver bailed over crash that killed young NSW police officer
A ute driver accused of running a red light before hitting and killing a young police officer in Sydney's north-west has been released on bail.
Tommy Balla, 37, was turning onto Schofields Road from Windsor Road in Rouse Hill during evening peak last night when he knocked constable Aaron Vidal off his motorbike.
Paramedics were called but the 28-year-old officer died at the scene.
Tommy Balla, 37, has been charged with negligent driving and dangerous driving occasioning death. (Supplied)
On the beat - Mr Vidal (right) with a colleague from the Sydney City Police Area Command. (NSW Police)
Mr Balla wasn't injured in the crash but is now facing charges of dangerous driving and negligent driving occasioning death.
The father of two told the court he believes the traffic lights were amber, not red, when he made the turn.
Police colleagues have today paid tribute to the slain officer.
Mr Vedal worked at Sydney City Police Area Command alongside his father, Chief Inspector David Vedal, since graduating as a police officer in 2017.
Mr Balla, a father to two young children, has been released on bail. (Supplied)
The 37-year-old told police he believes the traffic lights were amber, not red, when he made the turn. (Supplied)
He had been involved with the force's "proactive crime team", which investigated criminal activity in the inner city and monitored street protests.
"He was a man of service - he was a member of the armed forces before he joined the police force and really, a 28-year-old young man on the journey of life," Police Deputy Commissioner Jeff Loy said.
Mr Vedal had been planning his wedding with his fiance.
Mr Vidal pictured with his fiancee. The couple had been planning their upcoming wedding. (NSW Police)
The scene of the crash where Mr Vidal was killed yesterday. A ute driver has now been charged. (9News)
"There's a lot of people around that young lady (Const. Vidal's fiancee) today, also his father, and he has five other siblings - so it's a big family," Deputy Commissioner Loy said.
"Police deal with tragedy and trauma but when we lose a young officer in really such a wasteful way in some respects ... it really hits us in the heart."
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller also offered his condolences to Mr Vidal's family.
"My thoughts are with Aaron's family and fiancée, as well as his current and former colleagues at this difficult time," Mr Fuller said in a statement.
"Aaron was one of six siblings and worked alongside his father, Chief Inspector David Vidal, at Sydney City.
Mr Vidal with his fiancee. The family has requested privacy as they grieve. (NSW Police)
Mr Vidal served in the army before joining the NSW Police Force. (NSW Police)
"Dave has always been incredibly proud of his son following in his footsteps and walking the beat side-by-side with him."
Mr Fuller said Mr Vidal had been formally recognised for good police work by members of the public twice during his short career, which "shows that he was held in high regard by not only his peers, but the community he served".
Before joining the NSW Police Force, Mr Vidal served in the Australian Army.