Ap­peal for wit­nesses to fa­tal col­li­sion

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

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

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