The victim of yesterday’s crash on the M5 motorway been identified as Harley Brandon Dexter from Glenfield in the city’s southwest.
His 13-year-old sister Summer was rushed to Sydney Children’s Hospital after the collision east of Belmore Road in Riverwood just before 8.20am yesterday morning.
Their 31-year-old mother Rebecca Harrison, who was driving the car, was taken to St George Hospital in a serious condition. She is now stable.
Her sister says Harley’s death is doubly tragic for the family, because he was named after his uncle Brandon, who was eight years old when he died after being hit by a car while riding his bike in 2007.
“Our family has gone through so much sh*t,’ the boy’s aunty told the Daily Mail. “We’re reliving what happened to Brandon all over again.”
Emergency services were called to the eastbound lanes of the motorway after a Volvo Prime Mover, a Mazda 6, a Hyundai i30, and a Volkswagen Polo collided.
Harley, who was sitting on the back seat of the Mazda 6, died at the scene.
His sister, who was in the same car, suffered fractured ribs and head injuries. She remains in a stable condition.
Overnight, NSW Police confirmed the truck driver, a 26-year-old man, was arrested and taken to Bankstown Hospital for mandatory testing.
Aerial footage from the scene appears to show a car almost split in two from the impact of the crash.
Footage also shows a woman being freed from a black car that had its left rear crushed in the crash.
She can be seen being hauled on to a stretcher by fire crews and paramedics.
Two women, aged 31 and 35, were taken to St George Hospital where they remain in a stable condition.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Paul Glinn told reporters they would be looking at several factors in their crash investigation.
“As far as the cause of the collision goes, certainly one of the things we’ll be looking at is causal factors and that will look at things such as speed, manner of driving, perhaps issues such as fatigue and other distraction offences such as mobile phone,” he said.
“I can certainly confirm at this point that police have taken possession of a mobile phone that was in the heavy vehicle and that will be subject to forensic analysis in the coming days.”
The truck driver was taken to Bankstown Police Station where he was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death, dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving (occasioning death) – 1st offence, negligent driving (occasioning grievous bodily harm), and cause bodily harm by misconduct – in charge of motor vehicle.
He was refused bail and will appear in Bankstown Local Court today.