The family of a mother-of-three left fighting for life after a teenager allegedly ran a red light and smashed into a taxi are ‘praying for a miracle’ as hopes fade she will survive.
Tamika Wever, 24, was on the way home from the pub with fiancé Dylan Whitey at about 1.15am on Saturday in Edgeworth, near Newcastle in NSW, when the maxi taxi they were in flipped to the side following a horror crash.
A Holden Statesman, allegedly driven by a 17-year-old boy ran a red light and slammed into the taxi and injured a total of 11 people.
Tamika Wever, 24, was on the way home from the pub with fiancé Dylan Whitey about 1.15am on Saturday in Edgeworth near Newcastle in NSW, when the maxi taxi they were in flipped to the side following a horror crash (pictured with their three sons)
A Holden Statesman, allegedly driven by a 17-year-old boy ran a red light and slammed into the taxi and injured a total of 11 people
Ms Wever suffered severe head injuries and remains on life support at John Hunter Hospital, while Mr Whitey was discharged on Sunday with a broken femur.
A family friend said Mr Whitey was ‘praying for a miracle’ by her bedside.
‘Still fighting to survive to go home to her three babies,’ Angie Smalley wrote on social media.
Ms Wever (pictured) suffered severe head injuries following the crash
Ms Smalley has launched a GoFundMe page to help support the family.
‘Tamika is fighting for her life. This loving, kind, fun soul is in critical condition with injuries that horrendous I have been told not to expect to recognise my gorgeous friend’s face when I go to see her,’ Ms Smalley wrote.
‘She is a young amazing mum, always putting her babies first, always smiling, she is funny with an absolute gentle soul that did not deserve this.
‘Please, even if you can spare $1 to help me help this family not have the financial burden along with so many others at this difficult time…they will appreciate your kindness.’
The alleged 17-year-old driver of the Holden was on a good behaviour bond when he allegedly crashed into the maxi taxi and had never held a licence, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Just two months ago on August 2, he was disqualified from driving, fined $350 and put on a 12-month good behaviour bond after crashing a stolen car while drunk.
Ms Wever’s friend is asking for donations to help support the family during this ‘difficult time’ (pictured with fiancé Dylan Whitey and two of their sons)
Before the most recent incident, police had been following the Holden ‘due to the manner of driving’.
Moments later the teenage boy allegedly ran through a red light and slammed into the taxi causing it to flip onto its side.
Officers are also investigating if some of the driver’s passengers were attempting to escape the scene despite being injured following the crash.
The alleged teenage driver was charged with a total of 15 offences including three counts of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm – drive manner dangerous, eight counts of cause bodily harm by misconduct in charge of a motor vehicle and disqualified driving.
He was refused bail on Sunday and once again on Monday. He is due to reappear in court on October 26.