Heartbroken sister of a schoolboy mowed down by an elderly driver demands to know WHY a ’90-year-old woman is allowed to drive’ – as she makes a gut-wrenching confession
- Calvin Wijeweera was killed after he was struck by a car and pinned under a van
- The 17-year-old was walking from school in Sydney’s north west when he was hit
- A 90-year-old woman was driving a Mitsubishi when she collided with the boy
- His sister Ovindi bears ‘no hatred’ but wants to know why the 90yo was driving
The shattered sister of a schoolboy who died when he was mowed down by an elderly driver wants to know why the woman was even allowed behind the wheel.
Calvin Wijeweera was walking from school with two classmates in Carlingford, in Sydney‘s north-west, at 11.20am on Thursday, when a car veered off the road and ploughed into the boys.
The driver of the silver Mitsubishi that struck Calvin, 17, fatally pinning him under a mechanic’s van, was a 90-year-old woman from Epping.
Ovindi Wijeweera, Calvin’s older sister, who was in Singapore when the accident happened, has now questioned why there weren’t restrictions stopping the driver from getting behind the wheel given her age.
She also revealed how when flying back to Australia, her grief made her desperate hope the incident had been a ‘nightmare’ she would soon wake up from.
‘It’s not feelings of hatred, it’s just how can a 90-year old-woman be allowed to drive?’ she told Seven News.
Ovindi Wijeweera (pictured), the shattered sister of schoolboy, Calvin Wijeweera, who died when he was mowed down by an elderly driver has demanded to know why the woman was behind the wheel
Calvin’s grieving parents said he had dreams of becoming an aeronautical engineer (pictured, Sandun, Anoma and Calvin)
The Colombo-born teen was walking from school with his friends when a 90-year-old driver veered off the road, mounted the kerb and smashed into a van parked in the driveway at a house on Rembrandt Street in Carlingford, in Sydney’s north west (pictured) Calvin was pinned between the car and the van
In New South Wales, drivers aged over 75 are required to have a medical assessment every year to keep their licence.
After 85 they must pass an ‘on-road’ driving test every two years.
The woman had suffered a leg injury during the crash, and was taken to Westmead Hospital for mandatory testing, the results of which will take weeks to come back.
One of Calvin’s schoolmates, also 17, was taken to Westmead Hospital after suffering a head injury in the crash, while a third boy managed to jump out of the way and was uninjured.
Ms Wijeweera said she keeps hoping she will ‘wake up’ from the nightmare she was now living in.
Ovindi Wijeweera (pictured right, beside her brother) remains ‘very proud’ of her brother, who despite his young age had a clear goal to train as an engineer but keeps hoping she will ‘wake up’ from the nightmare of his sudden death
Calvin had dreams of becoming an engineer and was due to start his HSC next year
‘This home, it was the four of us here, and whenever I turn a corner I see him, I just can’t believe that he’s gone and he’s not going to come back,’ she said.
‘On the flight back to Sydney I just kept thinking ”I’m going to wake up from this nightmare”.’
She remained ‘very proud’ of her brother, who despite his young age had a clear goal of wanting to become an engineer.
On social media, tributes poured in for the young student, whose family emigrated to Australia from Colombo, Sri Lanka, in 2008.
‘I went to primary school with Calvin and he was the kindest person, he had a heart of gold… life is so unfair sometimes, rest in peace Calvin,’ one young woman wrote on Instagram.
A youth group the boy belonged to posted a tribute to Facebook saying he was ‘kind and gentle’ and could always be relied upon.
‘With great sadness, we announce the loss of our beloved … friend and brother, Calvin Wijeweera,’ the Tharuna Youth Group announced on Saturday.
Calvin Wijeweera, 17, was killed after a car, driven by a 90-year-old woman, ploughed into him and pinned him under a van (Pictured right to left: Calvin, his mother Anoma, his father Sandun and sister Ovindi)
Footage showed what looked like an elderly woman being stretchered into an ambulance before the van drove away under lights and sirens (pictured)
‘He was a kind and gentle person, who was incredibly hardworking and always welcomed with a smile.’
The post said the boy ‘participated in many events, fundraisers and concerts, always bringing happiness and dedication to everything he did’.
‘He was someone we could always count on and we will miss him.’
NSW Detective Inspector Jason Hogan explained the test results done with the driver would take several weeks and that she was yet to be interviewed.
Mr Hogan confirmed the investigation is ongoing and will explore various lines of enquiry including speeding and whether the woman suffered a medical episode while driving.
Det. Insp. Hogan described the fatal crash as ‘harrowing’ for first respondents.
‘It was very traumatic for the first responding police officers and the ambulance that rendered first aid to both 17-year-old boys,’ Mr Hogan said.
‘It’s very harrowing when they turn up to situations like that. It is very distressing for the local community, the school and the family.
‘Unfortunately, a very, very tragic situation and at this time of the year it is going to be really, really detrimental to the [boy’s] family and friends.’
The NSW Department of Education said counselling is being offered to students and families following Calvin’s tragic death.
‘We are deeply saddened by the death of a Carlingford High School student,’ a spokesman said.
‘Our thoughts are with the student’s family, friends and the entire school community at this difficult time.
‘The school is in contact with the families. Wellbeing support is being provided to students and staff, with additional counsellors deployed to the school today and tomorrow.’
The boy died at the scene while his friend was taken to Westmead hospital with a head injury