Two boys dead in crash ‘carnage’ as police hunt driver
Samantha Lock |
A police hunt is continuing for a driver and passenger who abandoned the wreckage of a car crash that left two boys dead.
Emergency services were called to Ashcroft in Sydney’s southwest about 10.50am on Monday and found a grey Ford Falcon sedan split in half with a pair of young passengers thrown from the car.
CCTV footage from the aftermath of the crash shows the driver abandoning the scene and an unknown person circling the wreckage while riding a mini-bike.
Officers were told the speeding vehicle hit a power pole and a tree on Maxwells Avenue, only a few blocks from a primary school and a childcare centre.
NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Brett McFadden said the car was travelling well above the 50km/h speed limit and “separated in half quite dramatically” after smashing into the pole.
Two boys died at the scene.
They are yet to be formally identified but are believed to be aged between 10 and 15.
Police have been searching nearby parks for two young males who emerged from the wreck before running off.
“A driver who was responsible for the occupants – of his passengers and a front seat passenger – made a decision to flee the scene,” Mr McFadden said.
“When you’ve caused that much carnage and you don’t stick around to take responsibility for it, it’s a weakness of character.”
Mr McFadden said police were also aware of a rider on a trail bicycle turning up at the scene immediately after the crash.
He urged the rider to contact police.
“We do not know what role if any he has played in the crash but it is certainly an active line of investigation that we are undertaking,” Mr McFadden said.
The front half of the car ended up next to a jacaranda tree while the boot was strewn across the front yard of a home.
Wreckage from the crash also littered the road, with Mr McFadden describing the scene as one of “absolute destruction”.
“Anyone who witnessed that crash would no doubt be traumatised by it,” he said.
“Two families are now going to be experiencing the absolute heartache it is to have some lives taken from them, which are clearly avoidable.”
Officers with police dogs have been scouring bushland surrounding Cabramatta Creek at Magee Street and Maxwells Avenue in the hunt for the car’s other occupants.
There were no reports of other injuries or vehicles involved, police said.
Mr McFadden said the car had recently been sold and the registration details were no longer current, making it difficult to identify the owner.
The car had not been reported as stolen.AAP