A teenage boy has been charged over the ute crash that killed 16-year-old Cohen Griggs-Bufton and seriously injured five other boys earlier this month.
The red P-plate alleged driver, 17, was among those critically injured in the late night smash on Sydney’s northern beaches and airlifted to hospital.
He was allegedly behind the wheel of a Toyota Hilux ute which lost control in wet conditions, left Cabbage Tree Rd, Bayview, and crashed into a tree at 12.20am on Saturday October 7.
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The scene was described at the time by police as “chaotic” and NSW Police commander Patrick Sharkey said it appeared that “two of the occupants had been ejected from the vehicle”.
He said the ute was carrying six people, but only had seatbelts for five.
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The 17-year-old driver and Griggs-Bufton, who was the front passenger, along with one 16-year-old and three 17-year-olds in the back passenger seats, were treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics before they were taken to Royal North Shore Hospital where Griggs-Bufton later died.
Police understand the boys were all friends from Sydney’s northern beaches.
A teen boy has been charged over a crash that killed one boy and injured five others, including himself, on Cabbage Tree Rd, Bayview. Credit: 7NEWS
The alleged driver was arrested last Thursday.
“He was taken to Manly Police Station and charged with 10 offences,” NSW Police said.
He now faces two counts of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, and two counts of causing bodily harm by misconduct, while in charge of a motor vehicle.
He was also charged with dangerous driving occasioning death, negligent driving (occasioning death), negligent driving (occasions grievous bodily harm), negligent driving (no death or grievous bodily harm).
He was also charged with driving with a P1 licence with passengers over 16 not wearing seatbelts, and for driving on a P1 licence at night under the age of 25 with more than one passenger.
His licence was suspended, and he was granted strict conditional bail to appear at a children’s court on Wednesday, January 10.
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