Minister warns P-platers about speed
STATE Police Minister, Michael Gallacher, says he is horrified by a fatal street-racing incident in Sydney’s west that killed a 19-year-old female P-plate driver.
Police say they believe two green P-plate drivers may have been street racing before the fatal crash in Tregear on Monday.
In the incident, a Holden Commodore slammed into a telegraph pole, splitting in half and catching fire.
“It horrifies me as a road user and as a citizen,” he told journalists yesterday (Tuesday).
“This appears to be a senseless act of stupidity in terms of speed and driving beyond one’s capability.”
The 19-year-old woman driving the Commodore died, while a 19-year-old man believed to be her boyfriend was taken to Westmead Hospital with critical head injuries.
The driver of the other car was also taken to Westmead Hospital with a fractured jaw.
The Metropolitan Crash Unit says speed was a factor in the crash.
Mr Gallacher says the tragedy could have been avoided.
“We again continue to make that plea to young people, who tend to have these monetary lapses of commonsense behind the wheel,” he says.
“You are not indestructible.
“There is no red S underneath your shirt.
“You do not get to survive by pressing the reset button like you can in a game and start again,” Mr Gallacher says.