Update: Since original publication, NSW Police updated the age of the youth who died. It has been established that he was a 17-year-old, not a 16-year-old as originally reported, or a 19-year-old as subsequently reported. A press conference was held Sunday, 19 July, at Dee Why Police Station. The story below has been updated and a video of the press conference added.

A 17-year-old youth has died after a car left the road and hit a fence in a single-vehicle crash at Elanora Heights overnight.

Around 11.20pm last night (Saturday, 18 July), emergency services were called to Caladenia Close, Elanora Heights. A Holden Commodore travelling in a southerly direction left the road, crossing the nature strip, colliding with a large sandstone and wrought iron boundary fence.

Officers from Northern Beaches Police Area Command and NSW Ambulance found a 17-year-old youth suffering critical head injuries. Paramedics rendered assistance to the teen; however, he died at the scene.

Six people were in the car at the time, all residents of the Northern Beaches — five male, and one female. The 17-year-old male who was killed was a rear passenger.

The other occupants of the vehicle were the 17-year-old male driver, three 16-year-old boys, and a 16-year-old girl.

The four surviving passengers and the driver were taken to Royal North Hospital to be checked as a precaution. They have subsequently been medically discharged.

Commander of the Northern Beaches Police Area Command, Superintendent Patrick Sharkey said, “Everybody in this incident, people in the vehicle, and their families, are all quite traumatised by the event.”

Asked about driver behaviour in the area, Superintendent Sharkey said, “We don’t get too many reports of complaints up in that neck of the woods.”

The 17-year-old male driver has undergone mandatory blood and alcohol testing at Royal North Shore Hospital.

Officers from Northern Beaches Police Area Command established a crime scene, which has been forensically examined by officers from the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Crash Investigation Unit or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information is treated in strict confidence.

Source: NSW Police

Video: Northern Beaches Advocate