The five families who were devastated by the deaths of their teenagers in a crash in Buxton on Tuesday night will face a difficult task in the coming days to officially identify their deceased children.
Picton High School students Lily van de Putte, 15, two 14-year-old girls, a 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy all died at the junction of Buxton’s East Parade and Orange Road when the allegedly congested The The Nissan Navara they were traveling in crashed into a tree.
Legal restrictions prevent this herald prevent them from identifying the other four teenagers.
While investigators are confident they know who all five victims are, a family member or friend must be present at Lidcombe’s Medical Examiner and Coroner’s Complex to visually identify the deceased.
It comes as the driver of the Ute, 18-year-old Picton High graduate Tyrell Edwards, prepares to appear Wednesday at Picton Magistrates Court, charged with five counts of dangerous driving resulting in death.
Edwards was able to extricate himself from the rubble and speak to paramedics, who took him to Liverpool Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The first person to arrive at the crash site said she saw trauma as a nurse, but that this was “the worst of the worst.”
The horror was compounded by their closeness to the victims’ families. The woman, who arrived at the scene with her teenage sons, both alumni of the school, and who knew some of the teenagers, told him herald She rushed to the intersection of East Road and Orange Road after “we heard a car [allegedly] walking fast, then a really loud noise”.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/grim-task-awaits-families-of-five-teenagers-killed-in-buxton-20220908-p5bgej.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_national_nsw Buxton crash families face a gruesome task