Teenager charged following crash - Grafton

Friday, 03 March 2023 11:36:19 AM

A teenager has been charged following a two-vehicle crash on the state’s North Coast yesterday.

About 8.10am (Thursday 2 March 2023), emergency services were called to the intersection of Oliver Street and Clarence Street, Grafton, following reports of a two-vehicle crash.

Police from Coffs-Clarence Police District attended the scene and found a Toyota Kluger SUV and Isuzu tipper truck had collided.

A male passenger of the SUV, aged 15, was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics for a serious leg injury. He was transported to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital, before being taken to the John Hunter Hospital for further treatment.

The driver of the SUV, a 16-year-old boy, and front-seat passenger, a 19-year-old man, allegedly fled the scene, but were located nearby and the driver was arrested following a short foot pursuit.

The driver of the truck, a 43-year-old man, was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics for non-life-threatening injuries. He was taken to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital for further treatment.

A crime scene was established with specialist officers from the Crash Investigation Unit to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Following inquiries, police charged the 16-year-old boy with eight offences, including:

  • aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm,
  • dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm,
  • cause bodily harm by misconduct, in charge of motor vehicle,
  • take and drive conveyance without consent of owner,
  • negligent driving (occasions grievous bodily harm),
  • fail to stop and assist after vehicle impact causing grievous bodily harm,
  • never licensed person drive vehicle on road - prior offence, and
  • aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence-people there.

He was refused bail to appear before a Children's Court today (Friday 3 March 2023).

Inquiries continue.