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AustraliaPolice say driver in fatal crash near Wyndham in East Kimberley was 11 years old

08:35  10 september  2019
08:35  10 september  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Investigators reveal that an 11 - year - old boy was the driver of a vehicle that overturned and killed a young girl in northern WA at the weekend.

Police have revealed an 11 - year - old boy was behind the wheel when he lost control of the ute as he was four-wheel- driving on marsh flats near the town of Police say driver in fatal crash near Wyndham in East Kimberley was 11 years old - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

Police say driver in fatal crash near Wyndham in East Kimberley was 11 years old© Provided by Australian Broadcasting Corporation Abbey Forrest had been offered scholarships for schools around Australia. (Supplied: Sarah Duguid)

Police have revealed that an 11-year-old boy was the driver of a vehicle that overturned and killed a young girl in northern Western Australia at the weekend.

Abbey Forrest, 11, died after being thrown from the vehicle when the driver lost control four-wheel driving on marsh flats near the town of Wyndham on Saturday.

The other passengers were not seriously injured, and major crash investigators travelled to the site on Monday.

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Police said the driver was assisting with their enquiries but as yet no charges had been laid.

The age of criminal responsibility in WA is 10.

Young achiever

Abbey Forrest was recently awarded the Young Person of the Year Award at the East Kimberley Aboriginal Achievement Awards, and had been offered four separate scholarships for schools around Australia.

Her brother Tom Forrest, who is a reporter for the ABC, said she was due to fly to Perth yesterday to begin her induction at a private school.

"A lot of people knew who she was and what she'd done at such a young age," he said.

"I want people to remember her personality, for what she'd done and the impact she'd made on people's lives."

He said it was difficult to comment on the circumstances of the crash.

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"It's a bit of a hard one because living in the Kimberley and knowing what it's like in the Kimberley lifestyle, it isn't something that's too unusual," he said.

"In terms of what they were doing down at the marsh, that's just something kids do and kids get adventurous.

"It's hard to say 'be careful', because it's just so unfair that it happened to Abbey — it shouldn't have happened to her out of everyone."

Forrest urged the community to support one another.

"For parents out there, and for us, and people with brothers and sisters, just appreciate them while they're around, because you never know when a tragic accident might happen.

"Think about what you're doing, and if people are doing something silly, just pull them up.

"Terrible things can happen and there's no turning it back."

The Wyndham Youth Aboriginal Council has opened a drop-in centre and provided counsellors to support the community.

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The accident was one of two fatal crashes in 24 hours for the East Kimberley.

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Shire president David Menzel said it was a difficult time.

"Look, it's just a tragedy whenever any lives are lost on the roads," he said.

"To have such young people lose their lives is just a real tragedy for everyone in the community and all their family, friends — a terrible tragedy.

"We hope that they weren't doing anything too silly, but sometimes we take the freedoms of living in the outback a bit too far and sometimes it just has tragic results."

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