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Buxton crash near Picton: driver Tyrell Edwards charged dangerous driving claims steering fault

Tyrell Edwards, 18, (pictured) has now been charged after the Nissan Navara ute veered off the road and slammed into a tree in southwest Sydney on Tuesday night

A teenager behind bars in a crash that killed five passengers told first responders he “screwed it up” and previously filmed himself driving dangerously, court documents claim.

Tyrell Edwards, 18, was driving a Nissan Navara Ute when it crashed into two trees near the village of Buxton in Wollondilly Shire, southwest of Sydney, on Tuesday night.

Passengers Lily van de Putte (15), Antonio Desisto (15), Summer Williams (14), Tyrese Bechard (16) and a 14-year-old girl died in the crash.

Edwards, the sole survivor, was found curled up near the wreckage with his first words to bystanders, who heard a “loud bang” and rushed to the scene, which was revealed at a bail hearing on Thursday.

Court documents say witnesses heard Edwards say, “I screwed up, I’m going to jail.”

The worker was denied bail by the judge on five counts of dangerous driving resulting in death after prosecutors told police video allegedly taken leading up to the fatal accident supported elements of the crimes and showed a high degree of moral guilt.

The video, which Edwards filmed on his phone about an hour before the accident, shows him driving with two of the victims, according to a summary of police facts.

Tyrell Edwards, 18, (pictured) has now been charged after the Nissan Navara Ute went off the road and crashed into a tree in south-west Sydney on Tuesday night

Tyrell Edwards, 18, (pictured) has now been charged after the Nissan Navara Ute went off the road and crashed into a tree in south-west Sydney on Tuesday night

Edwards holds his phone while aggressively turning the steering wheel while loud music plays.

A man in the car is heard saying, “We’re going to get out of here because.”

In the moments leading up to the accident, police allege that Edwards was driving at high speed, lost control, went on the wrong side of the road and drove about 40 yards on a grassy shoulder.

Research suggests the ute spun clockwise about 50 meters, struck a tree, and then spun counterclockwise before colliding with a second tree.

The force of the two impacts ripped open the Ute cabin, tore the back seat out of the vehicle and threw the five victims out of the vehicle. Their bodies were found nearby.

The slightly injured driver will remain in custody until November after appearing before Picton District Court via video link on Thursday.

Five teenagers died in a horrific accident around 100 kilometers southwest of Sydney

Five teenagers died in a horrific accident around 100 kilometers southwest of Sydney

A woman was seen crouching to pay her respects (pictured)

A woman was seen crouching to pay her respects (pictured)

When he asked for his release, his lawyer argued that the 18-year-old had been severely traumatized by the incident.

Edwards graduated from the 11th grade at Picton High School last year – the same school as the alleged victims – and now works as a laborer, the court was told.

He had previously suffered from anxiety and has sought psychological treatment for the illness.

After the accident, Edwards told police the Ute was out of control after a steering error that caused the wheel to “shake and go from left to right.” Braking failed to stop the vehicle, he said.

Picton Judge Mark Douglass concluded that Edwards posed a risk to the community and could manipulate Witnesses due to his strong ties to the community.

“It’s not an easy decision — he’s a young man who has never been incarcerated,” Douglass said.

Edwards had held a driver’s license for a short time, had two speeding offenses and had his license suspended earlier this year.

Remnants of a green P license plate could be the scene of a crime where five teenagers died in a car accident

Remnants of a green P license plate could be the scene of a crime where five teenagers died in a car accident

The bail hearing had to be streamed online after crowds of family and friends entered the small county courthouse.

Exaven Desisto, the father of the accident victim Antonio, told the media in court that he did not want to see anyone behind bars.

“I have to visit my son in the damn morgue,” he said.

Camden Police Chief Superintendent Paul Fuller, a 38-year-old police veteran, described the crash site as “one of the worst crash sites I’ve ever encountered.”

Distraught teenagers in school uniforms laid flowers and cards at the crash site on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet visited the school and spoke to teachers on Wednesday afternoon.

“Anything we can do to help this wonderful community get through this, we will do.”

Edwards will appear again at Picton Magistrates’ Court on November 16.

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