A YOUNG man who lost control of a ute and crashed it into a brick wall on the Sunshine Coast, seriously injuring three of his mates, has been charged.
The 18-year-old was allegedly drunk when he lost control of the Holden utility on Noosa Parade at Noosa Heads on Saturday morning.
It was around 4.45am when police said the ute mounted a footpath and smashed into a brick wall before careening into a parked car and coming to rest against a palm tree.
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The driver’s three mates who were also in the car were seriously injured.
One man was sitting in the ute’s tray at the time of the accident and landed on the road after being thrown from the vehicle on impact.
Police allege the 18-year-old driver initially ran away from the scene but returned a short time later.
His three injured mates were all transported to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital in serious conditions.
The P-plate driver has since been charged with mid-range drink driving and for carrying more than one person under the age of 21 in the vehicle.
He was also charged with carrying a passenger in part of the vehicle not designed for carriage, failing to display P-plates, and contravening a direction.
He’ll appear in the Noosa Magistrates Court on March 27.
The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the accident.
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