Two dead in horror crash, police charge alleged drunk driver who fled scene

| 14.03,19. 05:06 AM |



Two dead in horror crash, police charge alleged drunk driver who fled scene




Emergency workers try to revive victims of Peakhurst crash. (ABC News)


Photo: Emergency workers were unable to revive the two women at the scene. (ABC News)



man who was driving a stolen four-wheel drive involved in a crash that killed two women in Sydney's south-west blew 0.166 in a breath test and has been charged.


The crash occurred in Peakhurst just before 8:00pm on Tuesday and members of the public rushed to help four people inside a Honda Jazz.


A 66-year-old woman from Runaway Bay in Queensland and a 62-year-old woman from Padstow Heights died at the scene.


Police said the driver of the four-wheel drive, a 21-year-old Revesby man, blew 0.166 in a breath test after the crash and has never held a NSW licence.


He had since been charged with two counts of manslaughter and a litany of other offences, including consuming alcohol while driving and failing to stop and render assistance after impact causing death.


Footage from the scene showed a carton of beer on the ground near the four-wheel drive, which was flipped in the crash.


The Landcruiser he was allegedly driving was reported stolen from Monterey in the early hours of Monday morning.


Two others sharing a car with the victims, a man from Padstow Heights and a woman from Runaway Bay, were taken to St George Hospital and are in stable conditions.


Police said the driver of the four-wheel drive fled the scene but members of the public followed him, and he was arrested on a nearby street about half an hour later.


Acting Commander of the Traffic and Highway Command Greg Rolph thanked those who chased after the man.


"I'd like to thank members of the public that assisted police last night at the crash location and in identifying where this 21-year-old man was hiding at the time," he said.


"The fact that you're involved in a serious motor vehicle accident where clearly people are seriously injured, you have a duty of care to render first aid."


Police will allege the man hit a concrete centre barrier that pushed him onto the wrong side of the road before the crash.


The man has been released from hospital and is now at Kogarah police station.


The four people travelling in the Honda Jazz were all known to each other, police said.


The two women from Queensland had driven to Sydney to visit their friends.


"I understand the victims … are long-term friends," Acting Commander Rolph said.


"They were going about their own business, heading home … I can't comprehend what the families must be going through now."


The alleged driver will appear in a Sutherland court on Thursday.


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