A teenager has been hit with a raft of charges following a horrific crash in Sydney’s northern beaches that killed a 16-year-old boy and left five others in hospital.
The six boys were travelling in a Toyota HiLux about 12.20am on October 7 when the vehicle left Cabbage Tree Rd in Bayview and slammed into a tree.
Officers arrived to find six boys with serious injuries, with the 17-year-old red P-plate driver flown to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in a critical condition.
The passengers, three 17-year-old boys and two 16-year-old boys, were treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics and taken to Royal North Shore Hospital.
A 16-year-old, who was in the front passenger seat died.
The 17-year-old driver was arrested at his Bayview home on Thursday.
He‘s been charged with 10 offences, including dangerous driving occasioning death, two counts of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and two counts of cause bodily harm by misconduct in charge of a motor vehicle.
The teenager was also charged with negligent driving occasioning death, negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving no death or grievous bodily harm, P2 driver passengers over 16 not wearing a seatbelt, and P1 driver older than 25 drive at night with more than one passenger.
The teen’s licence was suspended and he was granted strict conditional bail and will appear at a children’s court on January 10 next year.
“It was a chaotic scene … it appears two of the occupants had been ejected from the vehicle,” Northern Beaches Police commander Superintendent Patrick Sharkey said on the morning after the crash.
He said there were restraints for five people in the car.
“There’s a sixth person in the vehicle, so as to where those persons were positioned, if they were in the cabin, that will be the subject of the investigation,” he said.
Photos from the scene in the days following show flowers and skateboards in a makeshift memorial left at the base of the tree.
Messages of love and grief are written on the back of the skateboards, including one that reads: “Love ya mate, rest easy.”