Five teenagers killed in crash pictured after car slams into tree ‘at high speed’

FIVE teenagers killed in a horror crash after a car slammed into a tree ‘at speed’ in Australia have been pictured.

The 18-year-old driver of the Nissan Navara was the sole survivor of the fatal collision in south-west Sydney around 7.50pm on Tuesday.

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Lilly Van De Putte was killed in Tuesday night’s horror crashCredit: Facebook
Antonio Desisto died alongside school friends after the car hit a tree

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Antonio Desisto died alongside school friends after the car hit a treeCredit: Facebook
Summer Williams was among the teenagers found in the wreckage of the Nissan Navara

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Summer Williams was among the teenagers found in the wreckage of the Nissan NavaraCredit: Facebook
Gabrielle McLellan also died in the devastating crash that rocked Sydney

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Gabrielle McLellan also died in the devastating crash that rocked SydneyCredit: Facebook
Tyrese Bechard was the fifth victim of the fatal incident

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Tyrese Bechard was the fifth victim of the fatal incidentCredit: FACEBOOK

Antonio Desisto, Tyrese Bechard, Summer Williams, Lily Van De Putte and Gabriella McLennan – all aged between 14 and 16 – died when the vehicle “left the road and collided with a large gum tree”.

The community has been shaken by the tragic incident which crumpled the four-seater van driven by Tyrell Edwards.

He was miraculously found lying next to the wreckage with non-life-threatening injuries and was rushed to hospital in Liverpool.

He underwent a breathalyzer and returned a negative result before being subjected to mandatory blood and urine tests.

The 18-year-old was arrested but has currently been released without charge. Police are expected to question him further in the coming days.

Cops confirmed three girls, two aged 14 and one aged 15, and two boys, aged 15 and 16, were found dead inside the car, with officers describing the scene as ‘disturbing’ .

Locals who heard the impact tried to revive the teenagers before first responders arrived, according to the NSW Ambulance Service.

Shocking footage shows the Nissan was torn apart in the crash.

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But the father of one of the schoolgirls who died told ABC he had no hard feelings towards motorist Edwards.

Lily’s father, John Van De Putte, said: “We have no hard feelings against the driver as he is going through hell.”

A relative of the 18-year-old told local media that he and his family were “distraught”, adding: “Everyone is in mourning”.

Hordes of flowers and tributes were laid at the scene, as the tragic teenagers’ pals sobbed at the crash site.

A friend said he was ‘angry’ when he found out the five teenagers had been killed in the 6 September fracas.

Jamarley Frail told the Daily Mail: “‘I know a lot of the crash victims. I don’t know why they were in the car with him.

“It makes no sense to me. I’m angry about what happened.”

We don’t blame the driver because he’s going to live through hell.

Jean Van De Putte

Superintendent Paul Fuller said it was one of the worst crash scenes he had seen in 38 years.

He explained: “This is a horrific accident scene and a traumatic event like this will have a devastating impact on families, friends and the local community.

“We think a number of kids go to the local high school.

“We have spoken to the high school principal to facilitate counseling at school tomorrow when the students arrive.”

NSW Fire and Rescue Superintendent Adam Dewberry said “it was absolutely chaotic and devastating” at the scene.

“All the emergency services, police, ambulance, faced with an important, critical, traumatic scene”, he added.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

THE TEENAGE TRAGEDY

Acting Inspector Jason Hogan said preliminary investigations suggest speed was a “possible factor” in the fatal accident.

He added: “The scene was extremely traumatic and the circumstances surrounding the damage will be investigated by our vehicle examiners.

“The scene will be interpreted by the accident investigation unit and our forensic team to piece together what we can of the crash.”

Murat Dizdar, deputy secretary of the NSW Department of Education, said the victims had attended Picton High School.

He said students were being offered on-site counseling following the “extremely distressing and disturbing” incident.

Local councilor Michael Banasik called it a “terrible tragedy”.

“It’s devastating to Buxton and the community in general, you know, it’s just awful,” he told 9 News.

“Buxton is a great place, a small, small town and yes it is a terrible tragedy no matter where it happened.”

It is thought that some of the victims could be aged 14 or 15

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It is thought that some of the victims could be aged 14 or 15Credit: 9News
Superintendent Paul Fuller said it was one of the worst crash scenes he had seen in 38 years

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Superintendent Paul Fuller said it was one of the worst crash scenes he had seen in 38 yearsCredit: 9News
NSW Fire and Rescue Superintendent Adam Dewberry said that

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NSW Fire and Rescue Superintendent Adam Dewberry said ‘it was absolutely chaotic and devastating’ at the sceneCredit: 9News



Five teenagers killed in crash pictured after car slams into tree ‘at high speed’

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