Friday, November 20, 2009

Beginner driver's fatal decision

Police are annoying to find out why four children made a fatal decision to go for an unsupervised drive that ended in disaster.

Two of them - a 15-year-old boy and a 11-year-old girl who were back-seat passengers - were killed when the car crashed at high speed into a power pole on the NSW Mid North Coast previous night.

Police say the car was being driven by a beginner driver - a 16-year-old girl who had taken a 2004-model Mazda 3 sedan out unverified.

The 16-year-old girl and her front seat traveler, a 15-year-old boy, were seriously injured. She is in an induced coma in Newcastle's John Hunter Hospital, and the boy was flown to The Children's Hospital at Westmead for crisis surgery.

Car crash investigators believe the girl might have tried to pass at least two cars at "very high speed".

"We don't know where they were going and what they were doing," higher Constable Jason Bentley of the Port Macquarie collide Unit said.

"[But] they were traveling at high speed and overtaking other cars ... and there were a lot of witnesses. She panicked as she was overtaking the cars and missing manage."

Kempsey freeway Patrol Sergeant Paul Dilley said police had set up a speed counter on North Street in West Kempsey where the accident occurred following complaints after a request from local MP and Nationals leader Andrew Stoner. North Street is a directly bitumen road with a speed limit of 70km/h.

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