Alleged drunk, unlicensed driver charged with killing two women

UPDATE at 12:40 PM | AN alleged drunk and unlicensed driver charged with killing two women in a horrifying crash in Sydney has faced court.

Tyron Knodler, 21, was allegedly behind the wheel of a stolen Toyota Landcruiser which crashed into a Honda Jazz in Peakhurst on Tuesday.

The driver of the small car, a 66-year-old woman from Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast, and her friend and passenger, a 62-year-old woman from Padstow Heights in Sydney’s southwest, were killed in the collision.


Two other passengers from the Honda – the younger woman’s 58-year-old husband and another 62-year-old woman from the Gold Coast – were taken to hospital for treatment.

It’s understood the two Gold Coast women had travelled from Queensland to Sydney to visit their friends from Padstow Heights and were returning home from dinner when tragedy struck on Tuesday night.

Knodler allegedly tried running from the scene but was chased down and detained by members of the public.

He was allegedly drunk and returned a breath analysis reading of 0.166 at Kogarah Police Station.

It was also revealed the 21-year-old had never held a NSW driver’s licence.

He appeared briefly in Sutherland Local Court on Thursday morning, charged with 11 offences, including two counts of manslaughter.

The 21-year-old did not apply for bail and will return to court in May 13.

EARLIER at 6:30 AM THURSDAY (by Rachel Junge) | A MAN has been charged with manslaughter over a shocking car crash in Sydney’s southwest that killed two women.

The 21-year-old was allegedly drunk and unlicensed when behind the wheel of a stolen Toyota Landcruiser on Tuesday night.

The 4WD collided with a Honda Jazz on Henry Lawson Drive in Peakhurst about 8pm, killing a 66-year-old woman from Runaway Bay, who was driving the small car, as well as a 62-year-old woman from Padstow Heights who was seated behind her.

Two other passengers, a 58-year-old man and 62-year-old woman also from Queensland, were taken to hospital for treatment in a stable condition.

The man allegedly ran from the scene, with witnesses chasing him down.

FIRST on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 (by Monique StClair) | A GOLD Coast woman and another woman have tragically died after a car crash in Sydney last night.

The 66-year-old woman from Runaway Bay was driving a small car with three other people in Peakhurst, when they were involved in a crash with a stolen vehicle around 8.00pm.

Emergency services were called to the scene on Henry Lawson Drive, following reports a Landcruiser had collided with a small Honda Jazz.

Paramedics arrived to find the Runaway Bay woman and another 62-year-old woman from Padstow Heights with critical injuries.

They were unable to be saved, and died at the scene.

The two others in the Jazz – a 58-year-old Padstow Heights man, and a 62-year-old woman, also from Runaway Bay – were taken to St George Hospital where they remain in a stable condition.

A 21-year-old man is the alleged driver of the Landcruiser, which was reported as stolen outside a home in Monterey on Monday.

It’s believed he fled the scene after the crash and was followed by members of the public who had called police.

Acting on information provided, officers from St George Police Area Command arrested the man a short time later in Park Street.

The man, from Revesby, returned a positive roadside breath test and was taken to Kogarah Police Station where a breath analysis returned a reading of 0.166.

He’s was taken to hospital for assessment where he remains under police guard in hospital, while investigations continue.

It’s been revealed the man has never held a NSW driver’s licence.

Officers from Crash Investigation Unit are now investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

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