A disqualified learner driver, 20, has been charged with 11 offences over a horror smash that took the life of a girl, 2, and left a man fighting for his life in hospital.
Anelina Janet Matagia Nauer died in the crash as her family travelled from Griffith in south-west NSW to Sydney airport about 1.30pm on Tuesday.
The family were on their way to the airport for a holiday in Samoa.
Two-year-old Anelina has been remembered as a ‘beautiful soul’, as seven other people in the car recover in hospital.
A Toyota Hiace mini bus carrying nine people collided head-on with a Mercedes Benz van on Mamre Road at Kemps Creek, in Sydney’s west, about 1.30pm on Tuesday
Anelina Janet Matagia Nauer (pictured) died in the horror crash as her family travelled from Griffith
Anelina’s mother Kristen, 23, suffered two broken legs, her grandfather Antonio, 59, is in a coma and her young brothers aged nine-months and three-years, were taken to hospital.
A boy and a girl from the same vehicle, both age 16, also remain in hospital being treated for injuries.
All nine passengers in the Toyota Hiace mini bus were believed to be from the same family from Griffith.
Emergency crews were forced to work for close to an hour to free a man trapped in the wreckage.
Up to 12 ambulances and two helicopters attended the scene.
The 20-year-old disqualified learner driver of the mini bus was taken to Westmead Hospital.
Police said the woman ‘should never have been behind the wheel’ of the van.
All nine passengers in the Toyota Hiace mini bus were believed to be from the same family from Griffith
Following her release from hospital, she was charged with 11 offences including dangerous driving occasioning death, drive whilst disqualified and drive with child not restrained as prescribed
Anelina Janet Matagia Nauer has been remembered as a ‘beautiful soul’
Following her release from hospital, she was charged with 11 offences including dangerous driving occasioning death, drive whilst disqualified and drive with child not restrained as prescribed.
She was granted conditional bail and is due to appear at Liverpool Local Court on Wednesday, December 20.
The driver of the commercial van, a 50-year-old man from Merrylands, escaped serious injury and has undergone mandatory testing. His passenger also escaped injury.
Anelina’s mother suffered two broken legs, her grandfather is in a coma and her young brothers are in hospital
Anelina’s uncle Sio Nauer posted a tribute to her on Facebook, calling her a ‘princess’.
‘My little niece Princess Anelina R.I.P. I love you very much,’ he posted.
‘God bless the Nauer family – love you all.’
A GoFundMe pagfe was set up for the family with a $10,000 fundraising goal.
‘Any donations would be kindly appreciated for this beautiful family,’ the page’s creator Puaga Ioelu wrote.
‘She was a beautiful soul. She’s just adorable … funny. She is everything to her Dad,’ her cousin Marilyn Nauer told 9NEWS.
On Facebook, relatives of the little girl posted heartbreaking tributes.
‘Your duty here on earth is done and I know God is in control of everything and that he needed you more than we did,’ a grieving relative said.
A two-year-old girl has died from injuries suffered in a horrific van crash (pictured) which has left eight others in hospital
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