10 October 2022

16-year-old boy charged over death of two teenage girls in Monaro Highway crash

| Lottie Twyford
Police car and motorcycle

A 16-year-old boy will face court on six charges related to the single-vehicle crash yesterday that killed two teenage girls. Photo: File.

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with two counts of culpable driving causing death following a single-vehicle crash yesterday (9 October).

The teenager has also been charged with single counts of breach of bail, breach of a good behaviour order, driving as an unaccompanied learner, and failing to stop and render assistance.

Police say he is expected to face the ACT Children’s Court today (10 October).

The boy was allegedly driving the Toyota sedan which left the road and crashed into a tree on the northbound lanes of the Monaro Highway near Hume.

It’s still unclear what time the crash occurred.

Emergency services arrived on the scene at 8:10 am where they found a 14 and 15-year-old girl dead in the car. The vehicle was so badly damaged its make was at first unrecognisable.

Another teenager was also in the vehicle at the time and was found at a residence a short time later.

READ ALSO UPDATED: Monaro Highway crash victims confirmed as 14 and 15-year-old girls

In a statement issued late yesterday afternoon, police said the two teenagers who survived the crash received medical attention and assisted investigators from the Major Collision Team with their inquiries.

Police said speed and the wet conditions could have played a part in the incident.

There was torrential rain on Saturday night.

The deaths of the two teenagers take the Territory’s road toll to 14 this year.

Eleven people died on the ACT’s roads in 2021.

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