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Teenager charged following investigation into death of 12-year-old boy after Towradgi crash

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POLICE have charged a teenager following an investigation into the death of a 12-year-old boy after a Towradgi crash last week.

A Holden Barina was reportedly travelling north on Memorial Drive when it crashed into a traffic light at the intersection of Towradgi Road about 1.35am on Tuesday, October 4.

Officers at nearby Corrimal Police Station heard the crash and responded immediately; however, the vehicle was found empty after the occupants fled.

A crime scene was established and is being examined by specialist officers attached to the Crash Investigation Unit.

About 2am, emergency services were called to a home in Balgownie, responding to reports a 12-year-old boy attended the home, suffering significant injuries.

The child was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics and transferred to Wollongong Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A crime scene was also established at the home and an investigation by the Crash Investigation Unit was commenced which established links between the crash and the boy’s death.

Following a public appeal, a 17-year-old boy was arrested at Goulburn Police Station about 6pm on Friday evening.

The teen was charged with six offences, including dangerous driving occasioning death, negligent driving occasioning death, fail to stop and render assistance after vehicle impact causing grievous bodily harm, fail to stop and assist after vehicle impact causing death, cause injury by misconduct in charge of a motor vehicle and unlicensed driver.

The 17-year-old was refused bail and will appear at a Children’s Court today (Saturday, October 8).

Investigations into the crash continue and police are calling for anyone with information or dashcam relevant to the crash investigation to contact Wollongong Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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