The girlfriend of a young man from southwest Sydney who died in a horrific crash on Christmas Eve has paid tribute to him in a heartbreaking Facebook post.
On 24 December, Nicholas Hoenselaars, 18, was the front-seat passenger in a vehicle that was involved in a police pursuit in Leppington and was thrown from the vehicle.
Nicholas died at the scene.
On Facebook, his girlfriend, Natasaa Zivanovic, wrote a powerful tribute on Monday, describing Nicholas as both her best friend and high school sweetheart.
“We promised each other forever and always, even longer until death do us part... we succeeded, regardless of you being taken far too early,” Ms Zivanovic wrote.
“I know we never would have parted if we had a choice.”
She said she would carry him in her heart until the two meet again and she would do all the things he wanted to do and was “too scared” to do.
“I fell for you hard and I’m so glad I did,” Ms Zivanovic
“You held my heart so gently and you will forever hold a piece of it.”
Girlfriend first thought crash death was a cruel joke
Ms Zivanovic told 7News early on Christmas Day, a friend called her to tell her the news that Nicholas had died.
She thought it was a joke, believing she could hear Nicholas laughing in the background and sent him a text saying it wasn’t funny.
“My world started falling apart,” she told 7News and explained the two had been together since year 10.
A GoFundMe set up on behalf of the Hoenselaars family said Nicholas was in his first year at university, where he was studying to be a school teacher and that he had a bright future ahead of him.
“Football was his passion on weekends he would be down the local fields refereeing all the young kids he would also donate what little spare time he had to coaching an u/15s side and Bonnyrigg White Eagles and coaching aspiring young goal keepers,” the GoFundMe said.
Football club pays tribute to young coach
His football club also paid tribute to Nicholas on Facebook.
“It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of our beloved coach Nicholas Hoenselaars who's life was tragically cut short,” the tribute said.
“From everyone at Bonnyrigg Football Club, we would like to express our deepest condolences to the Hoenselaars family.”
The P-plate driver who was behind the wheel at the time of the crash has been charged with dangerous driving causing death.
Police said highway patrol officers tried to stop the driver of a Lancer shortly after 11.20pm on Thursday after the car was detected going over the speed limit.
A police pursuit ensued and a short time later the vehicle struck a power pole on Eastwood Road, Leppington, throwing both occupants from the vehicle.
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