A man charged with a string of offences over a horror crash that killed two teenage boys had never held a driver’s licence, police allege.
Braydan Collier, 13, and Kaine Bell, 14, died at about 10.50am on Monday when the grey Ford Falcon they were travelling in crashed into a tree and a power pole on Maxwell Avenue in Ashcroft, in Sydney‘s south-west.
Emergency workers found their bodies strewn across the lawn of a suburban property, about five metres from the main body of the car.
Security footage allegedly showed Nicholas Thew, 27, and Anthony Morris, 23, exiting the driver and passenger seats of the vehicle and fleeing the scene.
Pictured: Nicholas Thew, who was arrested on Tuesday and taken to hospital. He has since been charged
Braydan Collier had just celebrated his 13th birthday before his life was cut short on Monday
Kaine Bell, 14, died at about 10.50am on Monday
Both men were arrested on Tuesday.
Thew has since been charged with nine offences including aggravated dangerous driving occasion death, fail to stop and assist after vehicle impact causing death, negligent driving, and cause bodily harm by misconduct.
Cops also allege that Thew has never held a driver’s licence – despite allegedly travelling over 45 kilometres-per-hour above the 50kmph speed limit on the quiet residential street.
He was refused bail and is due to face court on Wednesday.
Morris remains in hospital under police guard. Thew had also been taken to hospital for internal injuries suffered in the crash but was released.
The families of Kaine and Braydan broke their silence on the crash on Tuesday.
Thew can be seen allegedly fleeing the crash site on Monday morning, with an injured hand
Best mates Braydan Collier, 13, and Kaine Bell, 14, were travelling in a grey Ford Falcon sedan which smashed into a tree and a power pole (scene pictured)
‘Both of our families are still in shock and devastated over yesterday’s tragic crash. We are continuing to come to terms with the loss of our much-loved son and brother,’ they said in a joint statement.
On Tuesday morning, a GoFundMe campaign was set up to help Kaine’s family cover funeral expenses.
‘Kaine was such a happy kid that would always be happiest when riding his bike or out fishing with dad, he was an adventurous boy that is going to be so dearly missed,’ the fundraiser read.
‘A gorgeous smile with those dimples and brown curly hair you were fast becoming a pretty boy.’
‘Any amount would be appreciated as every cent helps in this difficult time. Please keep Kaine’s parents and sisters in your thoughts.’
Thew’s heartbroken family revealed on Monday night that the men were regarded as surrogate big brothers to Braydan and Kaine and had taken the teens under their wings.
Inquiries into the crash are continuing.
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