Teen charged over police pursuit and crash
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A man has been charged over a critical incident which saw numerous people seriously injured in Gosford earlier this year.

Police were patrolling Showground Road, Gosford,  at about 10.30pm on Friday 22 January 2016, when they attempted to stop a stolen Hyundai Getz.

Police activated their lights and sirens, however the driver allegedly failed to stop and police initiated a pursuit.

After a short distance, the Hyundai collided with a Honda Jazz on Showground Road.

The Hyundai had five occupants, all aged 17, including four males and a female. The male driver and front passenger, who were trapped for a short time, were taken to hospital in critical conditions.

The three rear passengers were also trapped, before being released and taken to hospital in serious conditions.

The occupants of the Hyundai have all since recovered to various extents but all received significant traumatic brain injuries.

The 43-year-old female driver of the Jazz was trapped for a short time, before being treated at the scene and taken to hospital with serious injuries.

A critical incident team from Lake Macquarie Local Area Command commenced an investigation into the incident, including the pursuit, assisted by the Crash Investigation Unit.

Yesterday (Friday 18 June 2016), the driver of the Hyundai, now aged 18, attended Raymond Terrace Police Station where he was charged with five counts of aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, five counts of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, drive conveyance taken without consent, driver never licensed, and police pursuit (Skye’s Law).

He was bailed to appear at Woy Woy Children’s Court on 15 July 2016.

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