Witness describes fatal Mudgeeraba crash on the Gold Coast that killed the teenage driver

Witness recalls the horrific moment she was first on the scene to a crash that killed a teenager when their car smashed into a tree – and his mum’s anguished cries when she arrived

  • An 18-year-old boy died after his car crashed into a tree at Mudgeeraba, QLD
  • The driver’s Toyota Yaris left the road and hit the tree on Saturday night
  • A 17-year-old passenger was taken to hospital; another 17-year-old was uninjured
  • Witness described the ‘smoking wreckage’ and seeing the drivers parents arrive

A witness to a fatal car crash that killed a teenage driver has described the horrific scene as the victim’s mother screamed in anguish. 

The red Toyota Yaris smashed into a tree on Somerset Drive in Mudgeeraba, on the Gold Coast, after leaving the road around 9.15pm on Saturday.

The 18-year-old driver died at the scene while a 17-year-old passenger was rushed to hospital and another 17-year-old boy was uninjured.

A local who was one of the first witnesses at the scene heard the vehicle hit the tree near her home and ran outside towards the wreckage.

A witness to a fatal car crash (pictured) in Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast has described the horrific scene from hearing the vehicle hit the tree to the screams of the 18-year-old driver's mother (Courier Mail)

A witness to a fatal car crash (pictured) in Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast has described the horrific scene from hearing the vehicle hit the tree to the screams of the 18-year-old driver’s mother (Courier Mail)

‘There was a massive bang and I ran out onto the road and saw the smoking wreckage,’ she told the Courier Mail.

She explained how the Yaris was ‘fully wrapped around the tree’ and that the two teenage passengers exited the car soon after the crash.

‘There was blood all over the front seat and the two male passengers climbed out of the car and were in complete shock. They sat on the median strip dazed and confused,’ she said.

The car was making a loud whirring sound as the driver, who was still alive at this point, had his foot still pressed on the accelerator.

The witness ran back inside her home and immediately phoned for an ambulance. 

Upon returning to the crash scene, she heard a scream from a woman who was revealed to be the boy’s mother. 

‘She was just yelling no, no, no over and over again. I assume it was the boy’s mother. The one who died,’ she said. 

The victim’s parents returned to the scene on Sunday, sweeping up glass from the windshield and putting down flowers.

The witness said she saw ‘eight or nine crashes at the same spot’ since living on Somerset Drive, including one crash where a driver plowed through her fence.

A guardrail was installed after residents voiced their concerns over the number of car accidents in the street.  

The resident revealed she had witness 'eight or nine crashes' outside her home on Somerset Drive (pictured)

The resident revealed she had witness ‘eight or nine crashes’ outside her home on Somerset Drive (pictured)

A 17-year-old passenger in the Yaris was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition after the crash on Saturday night.

Another 17-year-old boy was not physically injured.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the incident. 

Witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage of the crash is urged to contact police. 

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