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Outpouring of Grief Following Death of Two Teenagers

Jan 16, 2024

Tributes are pouring in for the two teenage boys tragically killed in a horrifying accident at McGraths Hill last night.

Seventeen-year-old schoolboys Matthew Simpson and Addison Bhimjiani lost their lives at the accident scene despite the efforts of emergency paramedics. The alleged driver, Caleb Nolan, also 17, was treated for chest and internal injuries before being transported to Westmead Hospital in  stable condition. The incident is believed to have occurred as the boys were returning home from the gym.

Today, family, friends, school friends and members of the local community took to social media to express their grief.  At the accident site, friends and classmates from Arndell Anglican College and Bede Polding College gathered to lay flowers and light candles, offering mutual support as they mourned the tragic loss of the two young lives. In a heart-breaking scene, a long row of cars parked along Windsor Road at McGraths Hill near the accident site today, most adorned with P plates.

Friends gathered at the accident site today to console each other and lay flowers.

Bhimjiani’s sister, Brielle, shared a poignant message on her Instagram post earlier today, saying, “Fly high to my big brother. I love you so much. I wish I could hug you one last time or see your smile. I will never forget what an amazing person you were. Thank you for the time I had with you. No words describe how much my heart aches, knowing you’re not there to laugh and talk to. I will miss you forever.”

A floral tribute left at the accident site conveyed the collective sentiment: “Rest easy boys, you will be missed by everyone. Love you, boys.” Another message read, “I’m going to miss you MATTY. Love you always. Forever 16.”

A card read: “Rest easy boys you will be missed by everyone. Love u boys”

Emergency services were called to Windsor Road, about 9.40pm yesterday (Monday 15 January 2024), responding to reports a Nissan 200SX sedan had struck a power pole. When police, NSW Ambulance and the SES arrived they found the car crushed and Simpson and Bhimjiani sustaining critical injuries.

A crime scene has been established, and the Crash Investigation Unit is currently probing the circumstances surrounding the incident. Preliminary information suggests a collision occurred between the Nissan and a Ford Falcon sedan just before the former left the road and collided with the power pole. The visible tire marks along the verge of Windsor Road indicate the trajectory of one vehicle. 

The driver of the Falcon, who stopped and assisted by calling Triple Zero, is unharmed and has undergone mandatory blood and urine testing.

Police are appealing for anyone with dashcam footage relating to the crash to contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

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