How 18-year-old boy killed in horror car smash was haunted by his dad’s stabbing death outside a methadone clinic and the loss of a close mate
- Seth Perrin, 18, died last week following a horror car crash in Cammeray, Sydney
- Second death for his mum and four siblings, after their dad was stabbed to death
- Steve Edwards, 39, bled to death following a scuffle outside a methadone clinic
- In February this year, Perrin’s mate Taj Hart died in an alleged hit and run
- Perrin issued with 26 court attendance notices in 11 months since he turned 18
- The most recent was five days before the crash, for assault and stalking charges
Pictured: Seth Perrin, 18, who died on Thursday
A teenager had recently suffered the loss of his father and close friend before he tragically died in a horror smash that injured four of his mates.
Seth Perrin, 18, was sitting in the back of a Holden Commodore in Cammeray, on Sydney‘s lower north shore, on November 13 when it crashed into a tree and burst into flames after a police car chase.
Police alleged the group were on the run at the time and reached speeds of up to 150km/h, having tried to steal drugs from another teen in Wollstonecraft half an hour beforehand.
The alleged driver, a 16-year-old girl, and three other passengers – one girl aged 16 and two boys aged 17 – remain in hospital in stable conditions.
Perrin, who was just weeks shy of his 19th birthday, died at the Royal North Shore Hospital on Thursday night from horrific head injuries and burns.
His death marked the second tragedy for his mother and four siblings after their father Steve Edwards, 39, was stabbed to death outside a Wollongong methadone clinic in 2018.
In February this year, his friend Taj Hart, 18, was killed in an alleged hit and run in Nowra.
Perrin’s father Steve Edwards (pictured) was 39 when he was stabbed to death outside a methadone clinic in Wollongong in 2018
Reports at the time claimed his dad became enemies with his killer, Michael Gale, some years earlier when Edwards was sentenced for assaulting an elderly woman.
They both lined up at the methadone clinic in May 2018, when Gale, 54, punched him and said ‘this is for hitting the old lady’.
During the scuffle, Gale found a knife on the ground, stabbed Edwards once in the chest and left him bleeding profusely on the pavement.
During his sentencing in June 2020, he told the NSW Supreme Court Edwards ‘was just a dog, who cares?’.
Gale pleaded guilty was jailed for 12 years, with a non-parole period of eight years.
Edwards bled to death after his killer stabbed him in the chest (scene pictured). The pair had been enemies since Edwards assaulted an elderly woman
Taj Hart (pictured) was allegedly killed in a hit and run in February this year. Two people have been charged with murder
In February this year, Perrin also lost his friend Taj – who died in hospital after being hit by a ute on Old Southern Road at South Nowra, southeast NSW.
In March, Perrin shared his friend’s funeral notice on Facebook and shared a news article about his death – he wrote ‘rest in peace’ with a single red heart in the caption.
He was also in the group, Justice for Taj Hart, which was created by the teen’s family after his tragic death.
Kate Walmsley, 24, and Jayden Warmsley-Hume, 18, were arrested in April and charged with murder.
It can also be revealed that Perrin racked up 26 court records since he turned 18 in November 2021 – the last of which was in Hornsby Local Court on November 8, just five days before the accident.
Perrin (pictured with a red Holden Commodore) tried to rob another boy in a drug meet 30 minutes before the crash on November 13
The car had allegedly reached speeds of 150km/h as it led police on a wild chase injuring the four other occupants (scene pictured)
He was slapped with a two-year good behaviour bond after pleading guilty to two counts of common assault, along with stalking and intimidation.
Among his court listings were restraining orders taken out against him by three different people.
Devastated friends and family have paid tribute to Perrin describing him as ‘nice’ and a ‘great mate’.
‘I knew him growing up … he was a great mate and always so nice to everyone. But I haven’t seen him since he moved away,’ one person said.
Perrin wore eshay-style expensive designer brand clothes on social media with several photos showing him wearing a Gucci hat and bag.
He wrote in one post: ‘Drugs may kill you but they’ll never break your heart.’
In another post, he shared a meme which said: ‘When them blue lights appear, don’t fear, drop a gear and disappear.’
‘F***en oath,’ he wrote in the caption.
A 16-year-old girl was allegedly behind the wheel of the vehicle when it then crashed into a tree and burst into flames
Following the crash, NSW Police Detective Superintendent Paul Devaney revealed the alleged 16-year-old driver was unlicensed.
He pleaded for any eyewitnesses or people with CCTV or dashcam footage of either the fight or the car pursuit and crash to come forward.
‘This was a horrific incident that is likely to have lifelong consequences for all involved,’ he said.
Shocked witnesses recalled seeing the maroon car careening through the quiet suburban backstreets allegedly being chased by police at speeds of up to 150km/h.
‘I looked out my window and saw the car racing past at very high speed,’ one woman told Daily Mail Australia.
‘I could hear them being chased by police through the streets for ages afterwards. You could hear the V8 engine being thrashed. It was incredibly dangerous.’
Police and witnesses were forced to smash the car windows to pull occupants from the mangled wreckage before they were rushed to hospital.