Appeal for witnesses to fatal collision
WITNESSES have been urged to come forward after a 14-year-old boy died and his 12-year-old companion was seriously injured in Mt Druitt on Monday.
Police are keen to speak to two pedestrians who were near the roundabout at Kurrajong and Belmore avenues as the motorcycle passed through the intersection.
Police would also like to talk to the driver of a darkcoloured ZR Toyota Celica which was travelling west along Kurrajong Ave. This car pulled to the side of the road and allowed the police vehicle to pass.
Patrolling police said they noticed two boys riding an unregistered trail bike in Carlisle Ave about 11am on Monday. A short time later, the bike collided with a HiLux utility in Kurrajong Ave.
An ambulance was called about 11.10am.
An Ambulance NSW spokesman said the boys were taken to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in a serious condition, however, the 14-year-old rider died.
The pillion passenger is in a stable condition.
The ute driver was uninjured but reportedly shaken, and taken to hospital for mandatory testing.
CCTV footage showed a police vehicle apparently following the boys, without flashing lights or sirens.
North West Metropolitan Region Acting Assistant Commissioner Matthew Appleton said a critical incident investigation had been launched, which was standard procedure when police were nearby or involved in a serious injury or death.
“A crime scene has been established at that location where I’ve also appointed a Critical Incident Investigation team ... and then be able to report to the coroner about what occurred,” Assistant Commissioner Appleton said. “I’ve put welfare services around the police officers who were involved.
“The ... police engagement with the young boys is the subject of the critical incident investigation.”
NSW Police media advised it would not be releasing the names of the boys.
A minibike collided with a HiLux ute in Mt Druitt. Picture: Justin Sanson