A DRIVER has been charged after allegedly running a light and smashing into the side of a sedan, critically injuring a young woman in Sydney’s north.
The 23-year-old was a passenger in a Honda Accord that was T-boned by a Toyota Camry at an intersection on Lane Cove Road in Macquarie Park about 12.40am on Friday.
The force of the collision was so great, the young woman was ejected from the car on impact. It’s understood she was flung out of a side passenger window.
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Police said the woman landed on the road and tragically became trapped under the car she had just been ejected from after it landed on top of her.
Miraculously, a group of witnesses banded together and were able to lift the Honda off the woman before emergency services arrived.
Paramedics worked on the woman at the scene before rushing her to Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital in a critical condition.
In a statement today, police confirmed the young woman remains in a “critical but stable condition”.
The occupants of the Toyota – to men aged 25 and 59 – were taken to the same hospital with only minor injuries.
The 25-year-old man driving the Honda also sustained minor injuries. He was taken to Ryde Hospital, while a second 23-year-old woman from the Honda escaped injured.
After being released from hospital, police today confirmed the 59-year-old driver of the Toyota was arrested and taken to Ryde Police Station for questioning.
He has since been charged with dangerous and negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, as well as not stopping at stop line at red light and not giving particulars to police.
The man’s licence was suspended and he was released on strict conditional bail ahead of his court appearance next month.
Officers from the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.
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