Devastating photographs have emerged from the scene of a nightmare crash that killed two teenagers in Sydney’s north.
Emergency services rushed to Windsor Road at McGraths Hill in Sydney’s northwest about 9.40pm Monday after a Nissan 200SX collided into the rear of a Ford Falcon, before losing control and crashing into a power pole.
Three teenagers were travelling in the car, with the two passengers, aged 16 and 17, dying at the scene despite attempts by paramedics to revive them.
They have since been identified as Matthew Simpson, 16, and Addison Bhimjiani, 17.
Photographs taken at the crash scene on Tuesday afternoon show dozens of family members and friends crowding around the telegraph pole where the crash took place to mourn their loss.
A pile of fresh flowers adorn the ground and others were taped around the pole, where the tyre marks show the car’s final path as it lost control before the crash.
The boys were close friends and shared a passion for cars and fitness. They are believed to have been returning from a gym session when the crash occurred.
Mr Bhimjiani’s grieving sister has taken to social media to pay tribute to her brother, who she says she will “forever look up to”.
“Fly high to my big brother I loved you so much I wish I could hug you one last time or see your smile,” his sister wrote on social media.
“I will never forget you were such an amazing person thank you for the time I had with you.
“No words describe how much my heart aches, knowing you’re not here to laugh, talk to. I will miss you, forever 17.”
Friends have also paid tribute after losing the pair.
“Fly high Matty miss you so much bro,” one boy wrote on social media.
“We are still in disbelief. Our hearts are breaking for Matty’s family and all the kids,” a family friend wrote.
The boys were due to start Year 11 and had celebrated their Year 10 formal nine weeks before the crash.
Matthew had only turned 17 less than three weeks before he lost his life.
The driver of the car, also a 17-year-old and P-plater, was able to get out of the vehicle before being treated by paramedics for chest and internal injuries.
He was taken to Westmead Hospital for treatment where he remains in a stable condition.
The three teenagers in the Ford were uninjured and are assisting police.
The driver of the Falcon stopped and called triple-0. He has since been taken for mandatory blood and urine testing.
NSW Police established a crime scene, with officers attached to the Crash Investigation Unit now investigating the incident.
Investigators are appealing for anyone with information about the incident to contact police.
Police have pleaded with the public to drive safely after five people died and six people were seriously injured on NSW roads in the past 24-hours, including a number of teenagers.
Four major collisions have rocked the state in the past day alone, with police blaming the crashes on driver behaviour.
“They are not related to any other factor except for people making poor decisions on our roads, not driving the conditions and causing serious injury collisions,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Anthony Boyd said on Tuesday.
“The message is very clear, we need you to adhere to that messaging that safety has to be paramount on the roads.
“Your behaviour while you are driving a motor vehicle is your responsibility — you’ll be held accountable when you are driving in a manner which is dangerous.”
The teenagers are far from the only fatalities to be recorded on NSW roads on Monday, with a 77-year-old dying in Cowra, 300km west of Sydney.
The driver of a Holden Commodore died after a Nissan Pathfinder crossed to the wrong side of the road hit his vehicle head on, Jason Hogan from the Major Crash Investigation Unit said.
The Pathfinder’s 56-year-old driver has been airlifted to Westmead Hospital, with police confirming they will continue investigating the crash once he is released.
Meanwhile, the 71-year-old male driver of another Commodore and his female passenger have died in a crash with a semi-trailer near Hay in the state’s central west.
“He has reportedly conducted a U turn in front of a semi trailer carrying a fully loaded trailer and as a result, the semi trailer has collided with the Holden Commodore after the truck driver tried to take evasive action but was able to do so,” Mr Hogan said.
The two back seat passengers in the Commodore, both aged in their 20s, were able to escape and are currently in hospital receiving treatment for their injuries.