The devastated teenager reveals the sliding doors as she was asked to get in the car with the teenagers who were tragically killed when their Nissan Navara Ute crashed into a tree
- Crying 15-year-old girl texted one of the girls who died in the Buxton tragedy
- Five teenagers died after Ute crashed into a tree 100km southwest of Sydney
- The 18-year-old driver of the Nissan Navara Ute survived and was arrested
- Ellie Mount said she was invited to join the group but couldn’t stay out long
- Shocked friends and parents of the teenagers gathered at the scene of the accident today
A distraught teenager has revealed she was asked to join the five friends who died in a horrific Ute crash in south-west Sydney but turned down the invitation because she couldn’t stay out too long.
The accident in Buxton, near Picton, 100km southwest of Sydney on Tuesday night shocked the nation and shook a close-knit community.
The crash claimed the lives of five teenagers – two 16-year-old boys and three girls, ages 14 and 15.
Ellie Mount, 15, texted one of the girls just hours before the Nissan Navara Ute collided with a tree.
“They invited me to hang out and I told them I couldn’t stay out too late,” the devastated teen told 9News.
Distraught teenager Ellie Mount (pictured above right) has revealed she was asked to join the five friends who died in a horrific Ute crash in south-west Sydney, but turned it down
Ms Mount said she played football with some of the victims and regretted not asking her mother to collect some of them.
Driver Tyrell Edwards, 18, the sole survivor, was arrested Wednesday night and taken to nearby Narellan Police Station, where he was later charged.
Edwards, who was said to be driving, was found lying next to the wreckage of the Ute and taken to Liverpool Hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests.
A tearful Ms. Mount was among the many shaken friends and parents who gathered at the crash site on Wednesday morning, leaving bouquets of flowers in sad tributes.
Bouquets of flowers were left at the scene of the accident by mourners, many students from Picton High
Mrs. Mount was among them, holding her own bouquet of flowers.
Also there was heartbroken Joey Desisto, father of one of the 16-year-old boys.
Mr. Desisto and his wife Belinda placed a pair of his white runners and a sweatshirt next to the scarred tree that the ute was plowing into.
His father also ritualistically emptied a can of Red Bull – his son’s favorite drink – over the floral tributes that had been laid at the base of the tree.
Heartbroken Joey Desisto (in white), father of one of the 16-year-old boys killed in the horror Ute smash in south-west Sydney, has collapsed in grief at the tragic crash site
The family stayed on site for half an hour while they held their own private memorial and wrapped their arms around each other while Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Simple Man played.
The devastated father sobbed as he was surrounded by family members who hugged and cried while his wife screamed “no” in grief.
Mr Desisto and his wife lay down on the floor and hugged while Prince’s Purple Rain and Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd played.
The five teenagers died in a horrific accident when the Nissan Navara they were in went off the road in Buxton just after 8pm and crashed into a tree (pictured above, the scene of the accident).