Port River Expressway crash: Erica Hoy, actress, is killed in smash


Actress, 26, is killed in horror smash – as her twin sister and boyfriend survive and desperately try to save her – with family remembering her as the perfect daughter

  • 26-year-old Erica Hoy was identified as the victim of a fatal Adelaide car crash
  • Her Toyota Prius was allegedly hit by another car and then a truck on Tuesday 
  • Her boyfriend and twin sister were also in the vehicle and were seriously injured
  • Family described her as the ‘perfect daughter’ and a passionate young actress 

The victim of a horror car crash has been identified as a young film enthusiast with family saying they’re grateful she died with her boyfriend and twin sister at her side.

The devastated family of Erica Hoy, 26, said they will remember her as the ‘perfect daughter’ after she was killed in a collision on the Port River Expressway, Adelaide, just after 9pm on Tuesday.

It is alleged Erica – along with her boyfriend Mike Reader, 29, and twin Lisa Hoy – were struck in their red Toyota Prius by Carlie Eileen Richards, 38, and sent in front of a truck.

Young actress Erica Hoy (above) has been identified as the victim of a fatal Adelaide car crash

Erica (above) was driving with her boyfriend Mike Reader, 29, and twin Lisa Hoy at the time of the crash

Erica (above) was driving with her boyfriend Mike Reader, 29, and twin Lisa Hoy at the time of the crash

Erica died at the scene while Mr Reader and Lisa were seriously injured and rushed to the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

‘She was a bright, happy, positive young girl,’ her heartbroken father, Greg Hoy, told The Advertiser.

‘I’m glad she didn’t pass away alone.’

It is alleged Ms Richards attempted to flee the scene and was later arrested by police.

She appeared in court on Wednesday afternoon from her bed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital after she was deemed mentally unfit to appear in person.

It is alleged Erica's car was struck by another vehicle and pushed in front of a truck on the Port River Expressway just after 9pm on Tuesday (pictured, the aftermath of the crash)

It is alleged Erica’s car was struck by another vehicle and pushed in front of a truck on the Port River Expressway just after 9pm on Tuesday (pictured, the aftermath of the crash)

Erica died at the scene while Mr Reader and Lisa were seriously injured and rushed to the Royal Adelaide Hospital (pictured, Erica and Lisa in The Reality of Humanity)

Erica died at the scene while Mr Reader and Lisa were seriously injured and rushed to the Royal Adelaide Hospital (pictured, Erica and Lisa in The Reality of Humanity)

Ms Richards has been charged with one count causing death by dangerous driving, three counts causing harm by dangerous driving, leaving the scene of the accident and two counts driving without due care.

She will also face charges for hindering police investigations into the crash by allegedly not giving answering questions or providing her name and address. 

Mr Hoy said Erica had spent the day she died doing the thing she loved most, acting.

The proud father said his daughter was a top student in school but acting was her passion.

She even starred as the lead in her school musical, Alice in Wonderland. 

Erica was a passionate actress and had a leading role in the 2020 mini series Jo-Anne Spirit Guide (above)

Erica was a passionate actress and had a leading role in the 2020 mini series Jo-Anne Spirit Guide (above) 

Erica was a passionate actress and was driving home from an acting course with her boyfriend and twin when she was killed (pictured, twins Erica and Lisa)

Erica was a passionate actress and was driving home from an acting course with her boyfriend and twin when she was killed (pictured, twins Erica and Lisa)

Erica appeared on the screens of the Adelaide Film Festival last year in a web series called The Reality of Humanity and had a leading role in the 2020 mini series Jo-Anne Spirit Guide.

‘She was coming back from an acting course … when it happened,’ he said. 

Erica, Lisa, their Australian father and Japanese mother migrated to Australia in 2015.

Both twins studied at Flinders University where Erica completed her Bachelor Arts, majoring in Chinese and French.

The all-rounder also tried her hand at modelling and walked the runway for The Boutiques to promote diversity in the fashion industry. 

Anyone with relevant information or dashcam footage of the crash is urged to contact Crime Stoppers. 

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