WEEPING schoolchildren have laid flowers and prayed at the scene of a fatal Sydney crash that killed a 17-year-old girl. Rhonda Audisho, a P-plater, was driving a maroon Toyota Corolla with two passengers, a 14-year-old boy and another 17-year-old girl, when the fatal crash took place at the intersection of Belloc Close and Vidal Street at Wetherill Park last night.
The Year 12 student died at the scene while her two passengers managed to free themselves from the crumpled car.
Pieces of glass, broken fencing and tyre marks in mud remain at the scene, where people have started to lay bouquets today.
A group of children in their Year 12 jerseys put their arms around each other when they visited the site after school this afternoon.
One of the floral tributes is adorned by a crucifix and a picture of the girl, who worked at McDonalds.
“Heaven has gained another angel,” it reads.
Police say a black Mazda 3, driven by a 19-year-old woman with two teen passengers, might have been travelling with the Toyota before the crash.
Residents phoned triple-0 after finding the car on its roof.
Local resident Julie Gilbert said she thought an “atomic bomb had gone off” after she heard three loud bangs and ran out of her home to see black smoke in the suburban street.
She says she saw one of the passengers get out of the driver’s side.
“He just said ‘oh no, oh no’ and sort of went to the middle of the road,” she said.
“(He was) just going ‘oh no’ and crying.”
Detective Inspector Adam Powderly has told reporters police are still investigating whether street racing, alcohol, fatigue or inexperience played a part in the fatal crash.
He said investigators had received some information indicating the six teens from both cars may have known each other.
“At this stage the investigation is in its infancy,” he said.
“The destruction caused by the rolling of the vehicle would indicate that the vehicle may have been travelling in excess of the posted speed limit.”
The tragic incident has led to people posting messages of grief on social media.
“I still remember changing ur (sic) nappy and rocking you to sleep. I will forever cherish our memories,” Rhonda’s cousin Ranyah Audisho wrote on Facebook.
“My beautiful friend Rhonda Audisho words cannot explain how broken I am right now, waking up to the worst news of your passing last night,” Yvette Youkhana wrote.
“I saw you driving yesterday and you looked so happy and it made me smile because you grew up to be a very gorgeous good girl, you don’t understand how much I’m going to miss you. May you Rest In Peace sweet angel. Rest now, I love you so much.”
Det Insp Powderly says local residents, some of whom have talked about cars previously speeding on the road, had spoken with police.
The cars and CCTV footage have been seized, he says.
The 19-year-old driver of the second car was interviewed by police last night.
The 14-year-old Toyota passenger was taken to hospital with minor injuries after the crash, while the other girl was uninjured, police say.
The Year 12 student had plans to become a teacher with her school principal saying she was a “very loved student”.
“We are in a deep sense of shock. It’s a very sad day,” St Nasri Assyrian Christian College head Aldo Rufo said.
“She comes from a very close family, she was a very loved student, highly motivated. She wanted to be a teacher. In terms of ability she could have done anything. She was very vibrant and compassionate.”
Her Year 12 colleagues are considering cancelling their formal.
The schoolgirl was remembered as “a beautiful soul”.
A close family friend told The Daily Telegraph Rhonda was a popular and “outgoing” girl who had friends through many schools in the neighbourhood.
“Her family are beyond words. She has a younger sister and she is not holding up well. Rhonda was a beautiful soul and a really outgoing person,” she said.
Friends paid tribute to the teen online.
Nico Sales said: “It has been wonderful that I had the opportunity to work with her even at the slightest of time at McDonalds.”
“This goes to show the fragility of life and how everyone should be very careful as unexpected things happen in every moment. May you rest in peace and I hope that you’re in a better place.”
Chris Carter posted: “My heart goes out to the Audisho family and your loved ones. Heaven has gained another angel.”
A crime scene was set up while further investigations are carried out by officers from the Crash Investigation Unit, and Fairfield Police.
Officers are appealing for anyone who may have seen the maroon Toyota Corolla in the Wetherill Park area, near Vidal St, in the moments leading up to the crash to come forward.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333.
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