Police charge 14-year-old driver over Werrington crash that injured six
A 14-year-old boy who was allegedly driving a ute that crashed in Werrington last week, injuring six people, was driving without a licence and failed to give his details to officers, police allege.
The boy was charged on Thursday, a week after he allegedly took a Holden Commodore for a “joyride” with friends through western Sydney.
He allegedly crashed head-on into a ute driven by Penrith nurse Danielle Oldfield, 27, who was trapped in the wreckage for an hour and suffered extensive injuries to her arms and legs.
She was taken to hospital in a critical but stable condition. On Friday, a Westmead Hospital spokesman said she was in a stable condition.
Ms Oldfield was driving her 16-year-old brother, Billy, a promising baseball player who represented Australia in the IB International Series recently, to the shops when the crash occurred at 7.30pm, their father Rodney Oldfield told reporters.
Billy was in the passenger seat and suffered leg injuries. He was discharged from hospital in recent days.
The 14-year-old driver and his three passengers, aged between 14 and 18, all suffered minor injuries including fractures and abdominal injuries. The back-seat passenger, an 18-year-old man from Mt Druitt, was taken to Westmead Hospital with leg injuries.
On Thursday, the 14-year-old boy, who cannot be identified because he is a minor, was arrested and taken to Parramatta police station.
He was charged with three counts of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, two counts of drive furiously causing bodily harm by misconduct, drive whilst unlicensed – never held, fail to supply particulars to police, and negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.
He was granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at a children’s court on November 20.
Last week, investigators said the boy was on a joyride with friends and may have veered onto the wrong side of the road.
“It’s very alarming when you’re 14 and you’re behind the wheel,” Detective Inspector Katie Orr, from the Crash Investigation Unit, said.
A fundraising page set up to help the Oldfield siblings, from Penrith, said Ms Oldfield is “a beautiful, loving, caring girl who would give her own shirt off her back to anyone”.
She helps to run a program for baseball players with special needs and, on her Facebook page, she describes her family as “my entire world”.
Family friends and Werrington residents took to social media to express their anger and surprise that a teenager was allegedly driving the car.
“Love to all the Oldfields this morning,” one friend posted. “To these little f— who think it is ok to jump in a car without a licence wake up to yourselves you have put one of the nicest families through hell.”
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