Slid­ing doors mo­ment which cost Bree’s life

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - AVA BENNY- MOR­RI­SON CRIME RE­PORTER

IT was just be­fore 3am last Satur­day when Bree Keller was faced with two seem­ingly harm­less op­tions. Should she stay par­ty­ing with friends at an in­ner-city ho­tel

or jump in a flash sports car with her new love in­ter­est and his mates and head to Pyr­mont?

The 22-year-old hair­dresser’s de­ci­sion to get into the gleam­ing white $200,000 Nis­san GTR R-35 ul­ti­mately led to her death.

Ms Keller’s cat­a­strophic de­ci­sion res­onated with mother, Tania, who de­scribed it as a “slid­ing doors mo­ment”.

“Get in the car or not get in the car. A wrong de­ci­sion,” she said this week. A week af­ter Ms Keller, Jeff Nasr, 39, and his brother Steve Nasr, 31, were killed when the car, which wit­nesses said had been trav­el­ling at high speed, crashed, flipped and burst into flames in

Syd­ney’s CBD, a pic­ture has emerged of the hours lead­ing up to the tragedy.

The only sur­vivor of the crash of the su­per car was fa­ther-of-four Joseph Ba­gala, who is still re­cov­er­ing in St Vin­cent’s Hos­pi­tal.

The four po­lice of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing two pro­ba­tion­ary con­sta­bles, who pulled him out of the wreck­age mo­ments be­fore it ex­ploded on Septem­ber 9 will be put for­ward for brav­ery awards.

“We are for­tu­nate and blessed to have Joseph with us to­day be­cause of the self­less ac­tions of po­lice,” Mr Ba­gala’s sis­ter, Vanessa, said.

The of­fi­cers ar­rived on the scene min­utes af­ter the ve­hi­cle, which can reach 311km/h, hit a guardrail and ended up on its roof. Con­trary to wit­ness claims about hear­ing screams from the pas­sen­gers stuck

in­side the car, po­lice be­lieve Ms Keller and the Nasr broth­ers, from Wiley Park, were un­con­scious when it went up in flames.

It is un­der­stood Ms Keller, from Narrabeen, may have met Steve Nasr in the week lead­ing up to the crash. How­ever, her fam­ily have said they don’t know any­thing about the Nasr broth­ers.

The two met up at a venue in the CBD on Fri­day night.

Friends told po­lice Ms Keller told them she was go­ing with Steve to a friend’s house in Pyr­mont in the early hours of Satur­day.

Po­lice be­lieve Steve called his older brother, Jeff, who was in his new car with long-time friend, Mr Ba­gala. The car was seen trav­el­ling at ex­ces­sive speed down Goul­burn St sec­onds be­fore it crashed near the Har­bour St on-ramp. Mr Ba­gala woke up in the in­ten­sive care unit at St Vin­cent’s Hos­pi­tal last week­end only to be told his friends had died. The con­struc­tion worker broke ev­ery rib in his body and suf­fered in­ter­nal bleed­ing.

“We were all in shock and we were tor­mented be­cause when we re­alised how close he came to not be­ing alive,” his sis­ter said.

“He lost some of his re­ally good friends that night. I feel for him, I feel for ev­ery­one in­volved.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tors may learn fur­ther de­tails from the car’s event data recorder, sim­i­lar to a black box.

Bree Keller, who died trapped in the up­turned su­per­car, and (right) sur­vivor Joseph Ba­gala.

Broth­ers Steve and Jeff Nasr who died in the crash.

Pic­ture: face­book

The charred hulk of the $200,000 Nis­san GTR is taken away for po­lice ex­am­i­na­tion. Pic­ture: Danny Aarons

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