The family of a 14-year-old killed in a car crash in central west NSW have shared tributes for the boy online. Jackie Omalveney was killed when the car he was travelling in crashed near Mudgee just before midnight on Friday. The boy’s mother has set up a GoFundMe page “to help raise money to bury my 14 year old son who died tragically in a car accident this morning”.
The page shares photographs of Jackie and messages from people who have donated.
On Saturday evening, fundraising on the page had reached $1417
Friends and family also took to Facebook to post messages remembering the 14-year-old.
“Rip my dear nephew love u always and forever fly high buddy,” Jackie’s aunty Leigh Cottee wrote on Facebook.
“R.I.P buddy best cousin ever! You will surely be missed x,” his cousin Rikky-Leigh Keys wrote.
The driver of the car Jackie was travelling in, a 16-year-old who was allegedly driving without a licence, remained in hospital in a critical condition on Saturday.
Police suggested the teenager was speeding when he swerved to avoid a wombat and crashed in the state’s central west, the ABC reported.
The driver’s blue Ford Festiva was flipped onto its roof in the single-vehicle crash on Wollar Road at Munghorn Gap, about 35 kilometres north-east of Mudgee.
The 16-year-old was treated by paramedics before being flown to Westmead Hospital, with life-threatening head injuries.