Real reason L-plate driver who allegedly ‘crashed into a pole with four teens in the car’ didn’t show up for his day in court – as loved one unleashes: ‘Get out of my face or I’ll punch you’
- Jordan Tye Maaka, 18, allegedly crashed a car in Sydney’s south early on Friday
- He and four teen passengers were treated at the scene then taken to hospital
- All five escaped with minor injuries despite the extensive damage to the car
- An arrest warrant was issued after Maaka failed to appear at court on Monday
- He appeared in Sutherland Local Court on Tuesday flanked by supporters
- It comes after five teens were killed in a car crash ten days earlier in Buxton
A learner driver who allegedly ploughed his car into a power pole leaving four passengers injured missed a court appearance because he was still in hospital, his lawyer has said.
Jordan Tye Maaka, 18, was due to face Sutherland Local Court on Monday in relation to a number of charges after he allegedly lost control and crashed his Honda Accord on Stoney Creek Road, Beverly Hills, in Sydney‘s south, about 6am on Friday.
An arrest warrant was issued after he failed to attend the hearing, with the matter rescheduled to be heard at the same court on Tuesday.
Maaka arrived late wearing a black hoodie, jeans, and white Nike sneakers, and flanked by several supporters.
Inside court, Maaka seemed unnerved as he sat in the front row sipping on a bottle of Coca-Cola.
Jordan Tye Maaka, 18, is pictured leaving Sutherland Local Court on Tuesday
The teenager pulled his hoodie over his face as he was photographed by reporters waiting outside
Maaka’s lawyer Imad El-Fawal told the court he missed the previous hearing because he was still receiving treatment at Liverpool hospital, where he was taken for minor injuries after the crash.
‘We have instruction that my client was still in hospital,’ Mr El-Fawal said.
‘The hospital sent notification through but it was not sent to the court.’
The Magistrate Donnelly accepted Mr El-Fawal’s request for an adjournment and rescheduled the matter to reappear in court on October 5.
Outside court, a male member of Maaka’s entourage lashed out at reporters, calling them names and threatening assault.
‘F*** off you rats!’ he said.
Maaka, 18, (pictured) has been charged after allegedly crashing a car in Sydney’s southwest on Friday morning
‘Get out of my face or I’ll punch you!’
Maaka has been charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving causing grievous bodily harm, three counts of causing injury while in charge of motor vehicle and driving while suspended.
He was granted bail in Parramatta Local Court on Sunday, which heard the teenager allegedly got behind the wheel while his licence was suspended because of unpaid fines.
The court heard Maaka had suffered several injuries in the crash including a broken arm, however, his arm did not appear to be in a sling on Tuesday.
The four passengers – two girls aged 16 and two boys aged 15 and 16 – were treated at the scene before being taken to hospital, each in a stable condition. All have since been discharged.
Just hours after the crash, a friend of Maaka’s shared photos on Facebook which were taken by a news outlet and showed the wreckage, alongside the caption: ‘s**t mayne’ – a slang term for ‘man’.
In the comments, another mate reassured Maaka, who is facing a raft of charges, that everything would be ok. ‘You will be right big,’ he said.
The incident has rattled members of the community still reeling from the deaths of five teenagers in an eerily similar crash in Buxton, southwest of Sydney, just ten days earlier.
Many have flocked online to express their disappointment that the Buxton tragedy did not appear to serve as a reminder to youths of the dangers and responsibilities posed when getting into the driver’s seat.
The crash left five teens hospitalised with injuries. Pictured is the Honda Accord at the scene
Pictured: Police officers and firefighters at Beverly Hills crash scene on Friday
Maaka and his supporters, a woman and a man, and his lawyer congregate outside the court
‘Five families are mourning the loss of their child killed in Buxton a week ago,’ one woman said.
‘This could have easily been another five families mourning the loss of their loved ones.’
The same friend who posted footage of the wreckage had also shared a news report days earlier about the fatal Buxton crash.
According to social media, Maaka attended Bass Hill High School in Sydney’s southwest, just 13km from the Beverly Hills crash site.
In one Facebook post from last year, Maaka shared a photo of himself blowing out a big puff of smoke, referring to himself as an ‘eshay’ – which describes an urban youth subculture associated with crude language, rebelliousness, and eccentric clothing.
‘Who is that sexy c***?’ one friend commented.
The post from a friend of the ‘eshay’ L-plate driver who allegedly ploughed his car into a pole, injuring four teenagers, with the pictures captioned, ‘S**t mayne’ – which is slang for ‘man’
In one Facebook post (pictured), Maaka shared an image of him blowing out a puff of smoke
In comments posted online, Maaka said he ‘goes by the name of lobob’ and called himself as an ‘eshay’
Maaka replied: ‘He goes by the name of lobob…. Mi cat…. Eshay eshay cat.’
It is unclear precisely what Maaka’s reply means.
On Friday, witnesses told Daily Mail Australia on Friday that the alleged driver wandered around, dazed and agitated.
The two female passengers were lying on the footpath beside the car, one unable to speak while the other screamed out with a bleeding cut on her neck.
Glen Norrish, who lives in the house in front of where the car crashed, said he was woken just after 5.30am by an ‘almighty bang’ and wandered out to see the alleged driver, the two injured girls and another young man sitting by his letterbox, leaning against the fence with his leg bleeding.
Mr Norrish said another young man was stuck in the middle of the back seat.
‘The car was sort of smoking, I was ready to grab the fire extinguisher,’ he said.
Mr Norrish said he told the two teenage girls to stay awake.
‘One had a pretty bad cut on her neck, the other was just laying there and I kept on saying “keep your eyes open”,’ he said.
‘This is a bad stretch of road but (I believe) speed was involved.
‘The girl with the cut on her neck who was screaming, I think she also hurt her neck.
‘The damage on that fence, they were going fast.’
Under Maaka’s bail conditions, he cannot leave home unless with his mother, going to work, or returning from work.
He must also not occupy any drivers seat of a motor vehicle and is required to present himself to the front door of his Warwick Farm bail address if requested by police.
The crash at Beverley Hills occurred 10 days after five teens were killed at Buxton (pictured)
Friends gather at the scene at Buxton, in Sydney’s south-west, where five classmates from Picton High School aged between 14 and 16 were killed in a horror crash on September 6
NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Brett McFadden said there were eerie similarities between the Beverly Hills crash and the one at Buxton.
Tyrell Edwards, 18, faces five charges of dangerous driving after his five passengers, were killed in the high-speed crash on the night of September 6.
The three girls and two boys killed in the accident were all friends from Picton High School.
Antonio Desisto, Tyrese Bechard, Summer Williams, Lily Van De Putte and Gabriella McLennan – all aged between 14 and 16 – died when a Nissan Navara ute veered off the road in Buxton.