A young learner driver who lost her life in a car accident, which also left her father in a critical condition, was said to be performing a u-turn when the fatal collision occurred.
Jodie Gillett, 19, on her L plates, was being taught to drive by her father, Gary Gillett, in her red Suzuki Swift when they were hit by a Ford Falcon on Old Northern Road in Glenorie, northwest NSW, on Friday evening.
Shocked witnesses rushed to the pair’s aid but were unable to save her life.
“I just tried to talk to her and tried to keep her going that way but you couldn’t open the door, you couldn’t do anything… just mangled,” nearby resident David King said.
Mr King and his friends ran to the scene from his home after hearing the smash.
They did all they could to help before paramedics arrived.
Her father was airlifted to hospital with critical injuries.
The 38-year old-driver of the Ford was taken to Westmead Hospital for blood and urine testing.
“It’s a really sad thing. She died right in front of me,” Mr King revealed.
Witnesses say Ms Gillett was trying to do a U-turn, in the moments before the crash.
“That’s one avenue of enquiry but until we can ascertain exactly what occurred, we’d be speculating,” Chief Inspector Frank Gilroy told media.
Mr Gillett remains at Royal North Shore Hospital in a critical condition, with his traumatised wife by his bedside.
Ms Gillett’s death came on the same day police launched Fatality Free Friday.
The NSW road toll is now 120 – with 17 more deaths than this time last year.
“It’s absolutely tragic when these things occur and all drivers should be aware to take care,” Chief Inspector Gilroy said.