Five teenagers killed in crash pictured after car smashes into tree ‘at speed’ as driver, 18, survives horror smash

FIVE teenagers killed in a horror crash after a car smashed into a tree “at speed” in Australia have been pictured.

The 18-year-old driver of the Nissan Navara was the sole survivor of the fatal collision in south west Sydney at around 7.50pm on Tuesday.

Lilly Van De Putte was killed in the horror crash on Tuesday evening

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Lilly Van De Putte was killed in the horror crash on Tuesday eveningCredit: Facebook
Antonio Desisto passed away alongside school pals after the car smashed into a tree

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Antonio Desisto passed away alongside school pals after the car smashed into a treeCredit: Facebook
Summer Williams was among the teens found in the wreckage of the Nissan Navara

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Summer Williams was among the teens found in the wreckage of the Nissan NavaraCredit: Facebook
Gabrielle McLellan also died in the devastating collision that has rocked Sydney

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Gabrielle McLellan also died in the devastating collision that has rocked SydneyCredit: Facebook
Tyrese Bechard was the fifth victim of the fatal incident

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Tyrese Bechard was the fifth victim of the fatal incidentCredit: FACEBOOK

Antonio Desisto, Tyrese Bechard, Summer Williams, Lily Van De Putte and Gabriella McLennan – all aged between 14 and 16 – passed away when the vehicle “left the road and collided with a large gum tree”.

The community has been rocked by the tragic incident that crumpled the four-seater pickup truck driven by Tyrell Edwards.

He was miraculously found lying next to the wreckage with non-life-threatening injuries and was rushed to Liverpool Hospital.

He was breath-tested and returned a negative result before being subjected to mandatory blood and urine testing.

The 18-year-old was arrested but has currently been released without charge. Police are expected to quiz him further in the coming days.

Cops confirmed three girls, two aged 14 and a 15-year-old, and two boys, aged 15 and 16, were found dead inside the car, with officers describing the “disturbing” scene.

Locals who heard the impact attempted to revive the teens before first responders arrived, according to the NSW Ambulance service.

Shocking pictures show the Nissan had been torn to shreds in the crash.

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But the father of one of the late schoolgirls ABC he does not have any resentment told towards P-plate motorist Edwards.

Lily’s dad John Van De Putte said: “We don’t hold any grudges against the driver because he is going to go through hell.”

A relative of the 18-year-old told local media he and his family were “distraught”, adding: “Everyone is grieving.”

Hordes of flowers and tributes have been laid at the scene, as pals of the tragic teens sobbed at the crash site.

One friend said he was “angry” when discovering the five teens had been killed in the smash on September 6.

Jamarley Frail told the Daily Mail: “‘I know a lot of the victims in the accident. I don’t know why they were in the car with him.

“It doesn’t make sense to me. I’m angry at what happened.”

We don’t hold any grudges against the driver because he is going to go through hell.

John Van De Putte

Superintendent Paul Fuller said it was one of the worst accident scenes he’d seen in 38 years.

He explained: “It’s a horrific accident scene and a traumatic event like this will have a devastating impact on the families, friends and the local community.

“We believe a number of the children go to the local high school.

“We have spoken to the principal of the high school to facilitate some counseling at the school tomorrow when the students arrive.”

Fire and Rescue NSW Superintendent Adam Dewberry said “it was absolutely chaos and devastating” at the scene.

“All of the emergency services, police, ambulance, confronted with a significant, critical, traumatic scene,” he added.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

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Acting Inspector Jason Hogan said preliminary investigations suggest speed was a “possible factor” in the deadly crash.

He added: “The scene was extremely traumatic and the circumstances surrounding the damage will be investigated by our vehicle examiners.

“The scene will be interpreted by crash investigation unit and our forensic team to reconstruct what we can of the crash.”

Murat Dizdar, Deputy Secretary for the NSW Department of Education, said the victims had attended Picton High School.

He said students were being offered onsite counseling following the “extremely distressing and disturbing” incident.

Local councilor Michael Banasik called it a “terrible tragedy”.

“It’s devastating for Buxton and the general community, you know, it’s just horrible,” he told 9 News.

“Buxton’s a great place, small, small town and yeah, this is a terrible tragedy, no matter where it’s happened.”

It's thought some of the victims could be as young as 14 or 15 years old

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It’s thought some of the victims could be as young as 14 or 15 years oldCredit: 9News
Superintendent Paul Fuller said it was one of the worst accident scenes he'd seen in 38 years

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Superintendent Paul Fuller said it was one of the worst accident scenes he’d seen in 38 yearsCredit: 9News
Fire and Rescue NSW Superintendent Adam Dewberry said 'it was absolutely chaos and devastating' at the scene

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Fire and Rescue NSW Superintendent Adam Dewberry said ‘it was absolutely chaos and devastating’ at the sceneCredit: 9News

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