Various: Leppington fatal crash

7 News: Teen killed in Leppington crash on Christmas Eve identified, as driver is charged

https://7news.com.au/news/crime/teen-killed-in-leppington-crash-on-christmas-eve-identified-as-driver-is-charged-c-1836840

9 News: P-plater claims teen who died in Sydney crash told him to speed up

https://www.9news.com.au/national/sydney-p-plate-driver-charged-nicholas-hoenselaars-leppington-crash/9fce4a6a-f581-4a3c-b9b0-a4982fb4af2e

AND 9 News: https://twitter.com/9NewsSyd/status/1342730411013763072?s=20

Tele: Leppington: Police pursuit ends in crash and fatality

(26 Dec) A teenager has been denied bail following a fatal car crash where another 18-year-old boy was killed on Christmas Eve after allegedly being involved in a police pursuit.

A P-plater who was behind the wheel in a fatal car crash that cost the life of an 18-year-old boy has been refused bail.

Savyo Khamou, 18, sobbed as he appeared in Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday accused of causing the fatal accident in Leppington on Christmas Eve.

Khamou was driving a Mitsubishi Lancer with 18-year-old Nicholas Hoenselaars in the passenger seat along Camden Valley Way when he was allegedly clocked speeding.

Police allege Khamou was recorded on a LIDAR speed gun driving 113km/h in an 80km/h zone.

A Traffic and Highway patrol car followed the Lancer under lights and sirens.

The Lancer turned onto Heath Rd before crashing into a power pole on the corner of Eastwood Road about 11.20pm.

The court heard on Saturday the impact of the crash catapulted both men from the vehicle.

Khamou suffered an arm injury while Mr Hoenselaars, an under-15s soccer coach and university student, died at the scene.

Defence barrister Greg James QC said Khamou didn’t suggest he saw the police car’s lights and sirens.

“There is an issue about his awareness of the pursuit …” he told the court.

Khamou had been on his P-plate driver’s licence since January and only had one speeding ticket on his record.

“Otherwise he has an entirely blameless traffic and criminal record,” he said.

In an application for bail, Mr James said his client, a trainee car salesman, could live with his parents under a curfew and subject to regular police checks.

There was no suggestion alcohol or drugs were involved at all, he said.

Prosecutor Nathan Blatch said the offence was two pronged — the initial speeding and then the police pursuit.

The magistrate found he posed an unacceptable risk to the community and bail was refused.

The case was adjourned to February.

Friends and teammates of Mr Hoenselaars visited the crash scene on Christmas Day to pay tribute to the “lovely” football fan.

Mr Hoenselaars graduated Year 12 at Cecil Hills High School and had been working part-time at the Ultimate Soccer store in Fairfield.

Bonnyrigg Football Club president Radenko Sucur said Mr Hoenselaars started playing football when he was six years old.

“He was one of our coaches,” he said.

“His dad played for the Bonnyrigg White Eagles and his mother was involved in managing some of the teams as well.

“He was such a lovely kid and he will be dearly missed. It was such a shock for everyone to wake up and hear the news.

“There is nothing but positive words to say about him, he was such a lovely kid who had a prosperous future tragically taken from him.”

A critical incident investigation will be carried out by Fairfield Police to examine the pursuit.

Tele: Leppington police chase fatal crash: Teens’ girlfriend, family pay tribute

(26 Dec) After finishing dessert with mates on Christmas Eve, Nicholas Hoenselaars made a fatal ­decision to get into the passenger seat of Savyo Khamou’s car so the red P-plater didn’t drive home alone.

By 11.20pm, Mr Hoenselaars was dead.

“It was his kindness that killed him,” girlfriend Natasa Zivanovic told The Sunday Telegraph.

“In a way it just shows his character and it showed who he was.”

Mr Hoenselaars, an under-15s football coach who lived and breathed the sport, was killed when the car smashed into a power pole during a police pursuit in Leppington on Thursday night.

Police will allege the car, a Mitsubishi Lancer, had been clocked driving more than 113km/h in an 80km/h zone on Camden Valley Way.

It is further alleged Traffic Highway Patrol took off after the Lancer along Heath Rd under lights and sirens and reached speeds up to 160km/h.

The incident lasted for less than 1km before the Lancer lost control attempting to turn on Eastwood Rd, the court heard on Saturday.

Both young men were thrown from the car, according to documents tendered in court, and there were no alcohol or drugs involved.

Mr Hoenselaars, who was due to sit his driver’s licence test next month, died at the scene.

Khamou, who has been charged with aggravated dangerous driving causing death, suffered an arm injury.

Khamou, a trainee car salesman who lived at home with his parents, was refused bail on Saturday with a magistrate finding he was an unacceptable risk to the community.

Dozens of friends and teammates spent their Christmas Day at the crash site to pay tribute to a man who dreamed of playing soccer in Holland and marrying his high school sweetheart.

“He was kind and nurturing, humble and loving,” his aunt said on Saturday.

“We are broken, devastated and shattered. No one can fathom why he isn’t coming home.”

Mr Hoenselaars was studying to be a teacher at the Western Sydney University and worked part time at Ultimate Soccer in Fairfield.

He had been playing soccer since he was six years old before becoming a coach and referee. He played for Bonnyrigg FC, Bonnyrigg White Eagles, Kemps Creek United & Fairfield Bulls.

He also loved playing Futsal and had played for Sydney City Eagles & Raiders FC.

The former Cecil Hills High School student was so widely regarded, young players left other clubs to play on his team, his family said.

Half an hour before the crash, Mr Hoenselaars sent Ms Zivanovic a photo of from the Smeaton Grange restaurant he was at with his friends.

She fell asleep and woke up to a call from a friend at 1.07am.

“At first I thought it was a joke,” the 19-year-old said.

“I thought I heard Nick laughing in the background. I texted him and said if this is a joke it’s not funny.

“I spoke to his friend for half an hour and said ‘no it’s not possible’.”

According to Ms Zivanovic and family, Mr Hoenselaars got in the car with Khamou so he didn’t have to drive alone.

The young men were friends of friends but that didn’t matter.

“He always puts others before himself,” Ms Zivanovic said.

In NSW, red P-plate drivers can only have one passenger between the age of 16 and 20 in their car.

“Nick’s life was in (the driver’s) hands and Nick trusted him to be a responsible driver,” Ms Zivanovic said.

“This just proves he will forever be remembered as someone who is too caring.”

When police turned up at the crash scene on Christmas Eve, Khamou was asked whether he knew police were behind him, the court heard yesterday.

He allegedly replied “he was telling me to speed up so I didn’t get stopped”.

Khamou’s defence barrister Greg James QC told the court there was an issue as to his awareness of the police pursuit.

Khamou has been charged over Mr Hoenselaars’ death as well as the police pursuit and speeding.

He will face Campbelltown Local Court in February.

News.com: P-plater charged over fatal crash that claimed life Nicholas Hoenselaars

https://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/crime/pplater-charged-over-fatal-crash-that-claimed-life-nicholas-hoenselaars/news-story/74ab1de01f163b41aac3dcb0875ab2c7

SMH: Man dead, P-plate driver charged after police pursuit in Sydney’s south-west

A P-plate driver has been charged after a car being pursued by police crashed into a power pole in Sydney’s south-west, killing a male passenger.

Police say highway patrol officers from Campbelltown tried to stop the driver of a Mitsubishi Lancer about 11.20pm on Thursday after it was detected speeding.

The officers began to chase the car when the driver did not stop, police allege. The man’s car struck the pole on Eastwood Road, Leppington, a short time later.

The driver and passenger, both aged 18, were thrown from the vehicle, police said. The passenger died at the scene.Advertisement

The driver was taken to Liverpool Hospital under police guard for treatment for arm injuries and mandatory testing.

About 5.30pm on Friday, the driver was discharged from hospital and taken to Narellan Police Station, where he was charged with nine offences including two counts of aggravated dangerous driving occasioning death.

The man, from Green Valley, was refused bail to face Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday. His provisional licence has been suspended.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

A critical incident team from Fairfield police will investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

This investigation will be subject to an independent review and the matter will be referred to the coroner.

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