A teenage boy has died in hospital following a horror crash that injured six at Bayview.

Northern Beaches Police Superintendent Patrick Sharkey (main image) confirmed the death of the 16-year-old boy at a press conference held today (Saturday, 07 October) at Dee Why Police Station (full video of press conference at bottom of article).

Superintendent Sharkey said the boy who died was the front seat passenger in the Toyota Hilux that veered off the road and collided with a tree in the early hours of this morning at Cabbage Tree Road, Bayview (image below).

Six teenage boys injured in car crash at Bayview

Supt Sharkey confirmed all six male occupants of the vehicle were local teens aged 16-17, and were friends from the Pittwater area.

All six teens in the vehicle were injured, two of whom were critical, the 16-year-old boy who died and the 17-year-old red P plate driver of the vehicle being airlifted by the Toll NSW Ambulance Rescue Helicopter to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (image below).

Six teenage boys injured in car crash at Bayview

Following the crash, a crime scene was established and the road remained closed overnight as specialist police from the Crash Investigation Unit (CIU) (image below) conducted a forensic investigation.

Supt Sharkey revealed to the Northern Beaches Advocate that two of the teens are believed to have been ejected from the vehicle when it hit the tree.

NSW Police Crash Investigation unit at Dee Why Police Station

Supt Sharkey said the investigation will be looking at how many people were in the vehicle at the time of the crash, and whether factors such as speed and alcohol were involved.

Patrick Sharkey

Patrick Sharkey

“At this point, the scene is still under investigation and is only just being cleared. We will look at speed, road conditions, if alcohol or drugs were involved, all those factors yet to be identified.

“I believe there was restraints for five, and there was a sixth person in the vehicle. As to where those persons were positioned, whether they were all in cabin or elsewhere, that is yet to be determined and will be subject to the crash investigation.

“Obviously, it was a very chaotic scene with six people injured when police first arrived, quite a traumatic scene. It appeared that perhaps two of the occupants had been ejected from the vehicle, but those details are yet to be determined.

“With six of them in the vehicle requiring hospitalisation, it was quite a serious and lengthy crime scene to be processed,” said Supt Sharkey.

Six teenage boys injured in car crash at Bayview

Despite lives being lost at the same location two decades ago, Supt Sharkey said the stretch of road was not considered particularly dangerous.

“That [previous deaths] is something that the Coroner may look into, but in terms of road trauma on the Northern Beaches, over the last 15 years it has virtually halved.

“I wouldn’t suggest that piece of road is any more dangerous than any other piece of road on the Northern Beaches. Road trauma on the Northern Beaches as we stand, in this financial year, is basically equal to or a little bit less than pre-COVID levels. We’ve actually reduced significantly over the last 15 to 20 years,” said Supt Sharkey.

Six teenage boys injured in car crash at Bayview

Supt Sharkey said the 17-year-old driver remains in hospital in a serious condition and police have not yet been able to speak with him. His injuries, and those of the other boys, are serious but not believed to be life-threatening.

NSW Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have been travelling along Cabbage Tree Road or the surrounding streets at the time, or who may have dashcam vision, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

A report on the death of the 16-year-old boy will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Watch the full press conference below

Images & Video: Northern Beaches Advocate

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Six teenage boys injured in car crash at Bayview

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