A budding Australian actress has been killed in a horrific car crash after the vehicle she was in was pushed into the path of an oncoming truck.
Erica Hoy was in the backseat of a red Toyota Prius with her boyfriend Mike Reader, 29, as her twin sister Lisa drove along the Port River Expressway at Gillman, Adelaide, on Tuesday night.
The trio were driving home from an acting class when a woman driving a Holden Cruze allegedly crashed into the back of the Prius, sending it into the path of a B-Double and Kia Cerato. The Kia then crashed into a van – the fifth car involved in the horror crash.
Ms Hoy, from North Haven, died at the scene while her identical twin sister and boyfriend were taken to hospital with serious injuries. Mr Reader underwent emergency surgery on his leg on Wednesday at Royal Adelaide Hospital.
Terrifying images from the scene show an almost unrecognisable Prius, crumpled with tyres missing and the windscreen obliterated.
The driver of the Kia was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, while the occupants of the B-Double and the van escaped without serious injury.
The identical twins had only celebrated their 26th birthdays in September.
Grieving father pays tribute to 'perfect daughter'
Ms Hoy’s dad, Greg Hoy, described his daughter as “perfect”, saying she was a “bright, happy, positive young girl”.
“She never gave us anything to worry about,” he told The Advertiser. “I’m glad she didn’t pass away alone,” he added, as she had her favourite people by her side.
The proud Japanese-Australian sisters both studied at Flinders University, while Erica had recently appeared in a film shown at the Adelaide Film Festival, The Advertiser reports. She also frequented the runway as a model and was the lead in her school play.
The twins migrated from Japan to Australia in 2015.
Driver charged after allegedly fleeing scene
The 38-year-old woman driving the Holden Cruze allegedly ran from her wrecked vehicle, witnesses told police. Police searched the area and arrested the woman a short while later.
She has since been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, three counts of causing serious harm by dangerous driving, aggravated due care, leaving the scene of an accident, failing to exchange details after an accident and resisting police.
The accused faced court in a bedside hearing on Wednesday and is undergoing a mental health assessment. She is due to front court again in two weeks' time.
Anyone who witnessed the crash or who has dash cam footage is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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