Major update in Mercedes car crash that killed brother and sister

Major Heckenberg crash update: Fresh arrests over car accident that killed brother and sister aged 15 and 24

  • Alina Kauffman and Ernesto Salazer killed in crash
  • Johnson Kokzian, 20, charged over the incident 
  • Police made two new arrests on Wednesday 

Police have made fresh arrests over a car crash that killed two siblings, with detectives taking a man and woman into custody. 

Alina Kauffman, 24, was picking up her brother Ernesto Salazer, 15, from work when they were struck by an allegedly stolen car at Heckenberg, in Sydney‘s south-west, about 9.20pm on Friday.

The siblings were just metres away from their home when a Mercedes ploughed their vehicle into a stationary Toyota Rav 4, flipping their Toyota Echo into its side and killing them instantly.

The accused Mercedes driver Johnson Kokozian, 20, has been hit with several charges over the accident and remains in police custody. 

Police will allege the young father was driving with a disqualified license when he hit the pair before running from the scene and leaving them to die. 

Alina Kauffman, 24, and her Ernesto Salazer, 15 (pictured together) were killed in a fatal car accident last week

A man was pictured arrived at a police station in the back of a patrol wagon on Wednesday

Kokozian's girlfriend is pictured at court for her partner's hearing last week

Now, detectives have had a breakthrough on the case – with officers arresting a man who was allegedly a passenger in the Mercedes.

Footage shows the man arriving at a police station in the back of a patrol vehicle on Wednesday.

He isn’t expected to be charged over the crash, but police will allege he deliberately withheld information to protect Kokozian. 

Kokozian’s girlfriend has also been taken into custody and is expected to be charged as an accessory. 

The arrests come as Kokozian is due to face Liverpool Local Court on Wednesday, charged with two counts of failing to stop and assist after vehicle impact causing death, two counts of dangerous driving occasioning death, negligent driving occasioning death, and driving a vehicle during a disqualification period. 

More to come. 


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