Driving record of alleged horror ute smash P-plater revealed: Details emerge of 18-year-old’s history behind the wheel – as he’s REFUSED bail after a huge crowd turns out to support him
- Large crowd of family and friends attended court for Tyrell Edwards’ bail hearing
- Edwards, 18, was allegedly behind the wheel in crash where five were killed
- Edwards was the sole survivor of the alleged crash in Buxton on Tuesday night
Pictured is Tyrell Edwards
A teenager who was allegedly driving a car that smashed into a tree in a crash that killed five of his mates had two prior speeding offences and a month-long licence suspension on his record, a court has heard.
Tyrell Edwards, 18, was refused bail on Thursday afternoon at Picton Local Court, hours after he was charged with five counts of dangerous driving causing death.
Edwards, 18, was the sole survivor when the Nissan ute he was allegedly driving smashed into a tree on East Parade in the small town of Buxton, 100km southwest of Sydney shortly before 8pm on Tuesday night.
Three girls and two boys – all friends from Picton High School aged between 14 and 16 – died at the scene.
Edwards was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries and was on Wednesday evening charged with five counts of dangerous driving occasioning death.
A large crowd of supporters attended Tyrell Edwards’ first court appearance in Picton, in Sydney’s south-west, on Thursday
Friends of the five students killed on Tuesday visited the site of the crash Wednesday morning
A crowd of devastated loved ones filed into Picton Local Court on Thursday, the 18-year-old having spent the night in a police cell.
Family and friends were not permitted inside the court during Edwards’ hearing but were able to listen in to the matter online.
Edwards appeared in court via video link. One of the victim’s father’s attended the case and cried.
The 18-year-old was formally refused bail and will return to court on November 16.
The court heard the 18-year-old is ‘significantly traumatised’ and needs psychiatric treatment. He will also receive mental health support in custody.
Back in Buxton, heartbroken friends, family and school mates continue to mourn the loss of the five teenagers whose lives were cut short in the horror smash.
A woman could be seen crouching down to pay her respects at the crash site (pictured)
Remnants of a green P-plate could be scene at the site where five teens died in a car accident
Police have confirmed the victims were between the ages of 14 and 16 and were friends who attended Picton High School.
Two of the teenagers were in a romantic relationship and several were in their school uniforms when the ute slammed into a tree on Tuesday night.
A father of one of the girls, 15-year-old Lily Van De Putte, revealed he’s haunted by a text message she sent him just hours before the crash where she asked: ‘Dad, can I go out tonight?’
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