NSW Police have charged the teenage driver of a utility involved in a horror crash at Bayview.

The 17-year-old red P plate driver has been charged following an investigation into the single vehicle collision into a tree at Cabbage Tree Road, Bayview, which resulted in the death of a 16-year-old boy.

NSW Police have issued the following statement this morning (Monday, 30 October 2023):

A teenage boy has been charged following an investigation into a fatal single vehicle crash on Sydney’s Northern Beaches earlier this month.

About 12.20am on Saturday, 07 October 2023, emergency services were called to Cabbage Tree Road, Bayview, following reports a ute had left the road and hit a tree.

Officers from Northern Beaches Police Area Command arrived to find six boys with serious injuries.

The 17-year-old red P plate driver was airlifted 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, where one of the 16-year-olds died a short time later.

Specialist police from the Crash Investigation Unit commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Following extensive inquiries, officers attended a home in Bayview and arrested a 17-year-old boy on Thursday, 26 October 2023.

He was taken to Manly Police Station and charged with ten offences:

  • Dangerous driving occasioning death
  • Dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm — two counts
  • Cause bodily harm by misconduct, in charge of motor vehicle — two counts
  • Negligent driving (occasioning death)
  • Negligent driving (occasions grievous bodily harm)
  • Negligent driving (no death or grievous bodily harm)
  • Learner/P1/P2 driver passengers (over 16) not wear seatbelts
  • P1 driver younger than 25 drive at night with more than one passenger

He was granted strict conditional bail to appear at a Children’s Court on Wednesday, 10 January 2024.

His licence was also suspended.

Image: Northern Beaches Advocate

Editorial note: The original statement issued by NSW Police erroneously stated the last charge as P1 driver older than 25 drive at night with more than one passenger. This has now been confirmed and corrected.

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