Three women have been killed when the car they were travelling in struck a pole during a police pursuit in Sydney’s west.
Police said they were patrolling along Railway Road in Marayong at about 1:15am Saturday when they saw a car being driven without its lights on.
The officers attempted to stop the vehicle when it allegedly drove away at high speed.
“Within a matter of seconds it collided with a power pole and, unfortunately, as a result we’ve now got three females who are deceased — [and] a male and a female who are currently in hospital in a serious condition,” Assistant Commissioner Denis Clifford said.
Two women died at the scene; a third later died in hospital. All three are believed to be aged in their 20s.
Two of the women who were killed were identified as Roza Mawen and Adut Garang and a third as Bianca.
Another 43-year-old woman and a 33-year-old man are in Westmead Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
A critical investigation has been launched.
The family of Ms Mawen said she would be greatly missed.
“I try to control my heart but my heart is very, very broken,” her aunt Aguil said.
“It’s very, very sad.”
‘I’ve never heard anything as pitiful as that moaning’
Bruce Davies, who lives on the road, said he had just gone to bed when he heard “a terrible bang”.
“There was a hell of a noise. I came out and had a look and saw the police come up behind and they stopped and they turned their headlights back on and there was a body lying on the footpath,” he said.
“I’ve never heard anything as pitiful as that moaning. They must have been in some terrible pain.
“I didn’t hear anything until the bang. I was wide awake, I’d only just gone to bed. The only noise I heard was a bang and then the siren coming up the street behind it.”
Assistant Commissioner Clifford said the only way to describe the crash was as “horrific”.
“Three young people have lost their lives tonight and that’s a tragedy,” he said.
“We are yet to piece together the circumstances of what occurred and the matter will be put together for the coroner.
“The officers have been provided with a lot of support. As you can imagine there’s a lot of people who will be very much affected by what occurred tonight, a lot of lives that will be changed forever.”
Police are unable to confirm whether the driver was one of those killed in the collision.
They are urging anyone who may have witnessed the crash to come forward.