Emotional moment Waleed Aly urges viewers “not to forget” the driver who survived the horror car crash that killed his five teenage friends: “Imagine what he has to live with.”
- The project’s presenters discussed the tragic car accident in Buxton on Wednesday’s show
- Waleed Aly urged viewers not to forget the toll for the teenage driver
Project presenter Waleed Aly has urged viewers to consider the teenage driver in a devastating Ute crash that killed his five friends and the toll he has to live with.
Tyrell Edwards, 18, was at the wheel of a Nissan Navara Ute when it went off the road about 100km southwest of Sydney on Tuesday night and crashed into a tree.
The P license plate driver was the only survivor and was found next to the wreck East Parade, Buxton, a village of about 1,000, near Picton, just after 8 p.m. No other vehicles were involved in the accident.
Three girls and two boys – all friends from Picton High School and between the ages of 14 and 16 – were tragically killed.
Aly said he doesn’t make assumptions about guilt, but that “we shouldn’t forget the survivor.”
“Imagine what he has to live with even in a small community. Every aspect of it in every direction is just awful,” said Aly, a father of two.
The project hosts discussed the tragic car accident in Buxton that killed five teenagers southwest of Sydney on Wednesday (pictured).
A flood of mourners arrived in the morning to pay their respects and leave tributes
Unfortunately, two boys, Antonio Desisto, 16, and Tyrese Bechard, 15, and three girls, Summer Williams, Lily Van De Putte and Gabriella McLennan, aged either 14 or 15, were killed in the crash.
Mr Edwards, who had just graduated from Picton High, was arrested for mandatory blood and urine tests but is not in police custody.
He went to Liverpool hospital and was treated for non-life threatening injuries and it is understood no charges have been filed as of Wednesday.
Tyrell Edwards, 18, (pictured) was at the wheel of the Nissan Navara Ute when it went off the road and crashed into a tree in south-west Sydney on Tuesday night
Paramedics wheeled the male driver to an ambulance, which took the 18-year-old to Liverpool Hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests (pictured).
Police officers and rescue workers are pictured at the scene of the accident on Tuesday
A close friend of Mr Edwards, Jamarley Frail, said it was not clear whose car the 18-year-old pub worker was driving.
‘I’ve never seen him in a Nissan before. I don’t know whose car that is,” said Jamarley, who is also 18 and was the same year at Picton High School as Tyrrell.
“I know many victims of the accident,” he said.
Distraught friends and classmates collapsed at the scene where five teenagers died. Many put flowers and notes on the construction site
On Wednesday, Picton High School released a statement that read, “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the students involved in yesterday’s tragic accident.
“At Picton High, we prioritize supporting our students as they process this terrible news. Additional advisory support and alternative arrangements will be made to help our students with this.’
At school, teenagers hugged and a girl was carried off campus crying.
Students have been pushed onto campus, where the NSW Department of Education offers additional guidance services.
Counseling is also extended to first responders who participated in the confrontation scene, some of whom would have recognized the victims.
The Project co-host Lisa Wilkinson said her heart was with the rescue workers.
“To all the first responders who would have seen this, our continuing thanks for what they do every day and especially in moments like this.”
Co-host Lisa Wilkinson said her heart went out to the first responders who attended the scene