Teen to face court for cousins' deaths on New Year's Day

CRASH SITE: The scene of the crash on Glebe Rd.
CRASH SITE: The scene of the crash on Glebe Rd. Andrew Korner

A TEENAGER has been charged over the shocking New Year's Day crash in Silkstone that killed two cousins.

A 19-year-old Boronia Heights man has been charged with one count of dangerous driving causing two deaths while adversely affected and one count of driving while under the influence of liquor or a drug.

The crash occurred about 4.45am on Tuesday, January 1 involving an out-of-control Subaru Impreza sedan flipping on Glebe Rd.

The car crashed through two timber fences and uprooted a number of trees in its path.

The car's two passengers, 19 and 28-year-old cousins, were killed.

The two men were thrown through the windscreen, while the driver remained in the car. He suffered a fractured skull but survived.

Neighbours, awoken by the early morning crash, rushed to the scene, where the driver remained conscious inside the Subaru.

On the day of the crash neighbours reported he freed himself from the car before emergency services arrived despite their pleas not to.

The driver, 18 at the time, was taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

At the time of the crash Senior Sergeant Brett Munn said the car appeared to have driven straight over the top of a roundabout, causing the driver to lose control.

The men were all members of the same extended family, with the 19-year-old from Blackstone, while the 28-year-old man was a New Zealand national.

Police will allege the teenager was driving while under the influence with his driving the cause of the death of the two men.

He will appear in the Ipswich Magistrates Court on Tuesday, May 21.

Topics:  dangerous driving driving under the influence ipswich magistrates court

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