The family of a crash victim in an induced coma have expressed their fury over the fatal head-on collision, amid claims it was caused by a social media stunt.
Singer Dennis Sales, 44, was on his way home from a gig with fellow musician Ken Morrow, 61, when a car veered into their path on Richmond Road in Berkshire Park in western Sydney early Sunday.
The driver of the other car, Shania McNeill, 21, died in the horrific crash, moments after she was captured on a Snapchat video driving in the middle of two lanes while singing to loud music.
Police are investigating whether Ms McNeill was ‘playing chicken’ with oncoming traffic moments before the fatal smash.
It comes as her friend Hazel Wildman, 23, a young woman who took a selfie while recovering in hospital the day after the crash, recently ‘completely wrote off’ a new car.
Dennis Sales (pictured) is in an induced coma after he was injured in the fatal crash. Fellow musician Ken Morrow (right) was also injured in the collision
Mr Sales is expected to spend at least six weeks recovering from broken ribs and small spinal fractures, while Mr Morrow also suffered serious injuries.
The Daily Telegraph has published photos of Mr Sales’ distraught family at his hospital bedside after he was placed in an induced coma when his diaphragm ruptured.
His son’s girlfriend, Amy McLean, said his family was horrified to see the Snapchat footage of Ms McNeill before the crash.
‘It’s so upsetting to know this happened because of (her) silly mistake. I’m actually shaking. She would have been doing this to show off to her friends and they were wrong to record it,’ Ms Lean told the publication.
Mr Sales’ niece Rebecca Lee also took to social media to slam Ms McNeill.
‘I’m sure you’ve all seen on the news today with the story about the 21 year old girl and friends who were playing ‘chicken’ with cars and purposely driving into incoming traffic the other night,’ she wrote.
‘That reckless and dangerous behaviour resulted in a head on collision with two innocent men. These are the innocent men – one of them is my uncle.’
Hazel Wildman (left) and Faeda Hunter (right) took a selfie in hospital just one day after their friend Shania McNeill was killed in a horror car crash in western Sydney
Shania McNeill (pictured) had her young life tragically cut short on Sunday morning
Ms McNeill’s friends, Ms Wildman and fellow passenger Faeda Hunter, 20, suffered non-life threatening injuries in the crash.
The pair have since been slammed by Ms McNeill’s former boyfriend after they shared a selfie of themselves in hospital wearing neck braces and hooked up to medical machines a day after the tragedy.
Ms Wildman’s Facebook page states she works at the Guard Dog Training Centre in Berskshire Park.
A staff member at the dog obedience training centre told news.com.au her casual contract as a kennel attendant was terminated last December.
He claimed Ms Wildman was a ‘happy-go-lucky party girl’ who posted her weekend activities on Snapchat and would then call in sick on Monday.
‘More and more, she was not coming into work or always being late,’ he told news.com.au.
‘But there were these photos on Snapchat … we saw what happened. She’d had warning after warning after warning.’
The staff member also claimed Ms Wildman ‘completely wrote off’ a brand new car late last year.
‘She had already had a couple of accidents and in the last one it was written off,’ he said.
A former colleague claimed Hazel Wildman (pictured) wrote off a new car just months before she was involved in a horrific crash that claimed a friends’s life on Sunday
Daily Mail Australia has obtained the Snapchat video taken throughout the friends’ night which began showing Hazel, Faeda and Shania dancing and mucking around in a bathroom.
The Snapchat video story then cuts to a clip of the girls in Shania’s car where she is seen taking swigs from a can while the vehicle is parked.
Later she is seen back behind the wheel driving in the middle of two lanes while singing along to loud music.
At the end of the clip, the friend taking the video is heard screaming while Shania is seen driving on the opposite side of the road with an oncoming car’s headlights beaming in her direction.
A Snapchat story taken hours before the deadly crash shows 21-year-old Shania McNeill mucking around in a bathroom with her friends
Ryan Archer, who identified himself as a ‘friend of a friend’ of Shania, shared the footage on Facebook but was forced to take it down after receiving ‘threats and abuse.’
‘At least its gone viral, and the truth about the night is now out there,’ he wrote in a post.
‘If you see any of your friends acting in a dangerous manner, do something about it. No more lives need to be lost due to stupidity.’
Mr Archer told Daily Mail Australia that witnesses told him they saw Shania driving into oncoming traffic.
‘A few people I’ve spoken to almost got run off the road by her,’ he said.
Throughout the video, Shania is filmed dancing and singing to music behind the wheel
At the end of the clip, the friend taking the video is heard screaming while Shania is seen driving on the opposite side of the road with an oncoming car’s headlights beaming in her direction
Police said on Tuesday they are now investigating reports that the young woman may have been playing ‘chicken’ with other drivers on the road.
They are also looking into whether alcohol played a role in the crash.
Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander Assistant Commissioner Michael Corbody told reporters it is unclear how long after the video was taken that Shania crashed.
‘The most disturbing thing with the video is her family and parents will have to look at that video now,’ he said.
‘The fact it’s gone online, the fact they have to live with that, is disturbing.’
Faeda (left) and Hazel (right) received backlash for posting a selfie in hospital, hours after their friend Shania died in a horrific crash
A former colleague claimed Hazel Wildman (pictured) was sacked from her job last December
Ms McNeill’s heartbroken father says he will be haunted forever.
‘That pounding on the door down the hallway, that sound is going to haunt me for the rest of my life,’ Lee McNeill told 9 News of the heartbreaking moment police informed him of his daughter’s death.
Mr McNeill doesn’t blame his daughter’s friends who were in the car, but says it was reckless of them to be distracting each other.
‘As a parent you never think something like this is going to happen, I always told her I love her but I wish i could just tell her again,’ he said.
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page set up by Shania’s aunt has raised more than $13,000 within 24 hours, which will go towards funeral costs and ensuring her Queensland-based parents and young siblings can travel to Sydney for the funeral.
The page described Shania as ‘one of a kind ‘ whose beautiful smile will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
The woman’s Suzuki collided with a Nissan Micra on Richmond Road in Berkshire Park, in Sydney’s west, on Sunday just before 1.15am. Shania was pronounced dead at the scene