Heartbreaking moment family breaks down over the death of 17-year-old boy killed in crash – Daily Mail


‘Such a waste’: Heartbroken family burst into tears as they open up on the death of 17-year-old boy car passenger killed on a night out with friends

  • Family of teen killed in horror smash break down opening up on tragedy 
  • Barney Wakes-Miller, 17, died when car he was travelling in crashed
  • There were six young people travelling in an overloaded Holden Commodore 
  • NSW Police say no arrests or changes have been made but inquiries are ongoing 

The family of a teenager killed in a horror crash broke down in tears as they opened up about the agony of losing their loved one.   

Barney Wakes-Miller, 17, died when the vehicle he was travelling in came off the road and slammed into a sandstone and wrought iron fence at Elanora Heights on Saturday at about 11.20pm.  

His mother Bella Wakes-Miller described her son’s tragic death as a heartbreaking ‘waste’. 

‘It is just the beginning of a horrible life without Barn … such a waste,’ she told Nine News.

The family of teenager Barney Wakes-Miller, who killed in a horror crash on Saturday, broke down in tears as they spoke about the ‘real treasure’ in their lives

Barney Wakes-Miller, 17, (pictured) died when the vehicle his mate was driving came off the road and slammed into a sandstone and wrought iron fence at Elanora Heights on Saturday 

His father Duncan Wakes-Miller described Barney as the ‘most amazing son that you could ask for’.

‘We miss him like you cannot believe. We really miss him, anyone whose got children hug them tighter tonight,’ he said through tears.  

Barney’s little sister Iona broke down as she described the love she had for her brother. 

‘I think we all know we love our siblings to the core and you don’t want to have to miss them one day,’ she said. 

The family also released a statement after Barney’s death describing how he lived with ‘artistic brilliance’.

‘Barn gave everything he did 110 per cent from his artistic brilliance, that was a constant thread through his life, to his love of his brothers Arthur and Tenzin and his little sister Iona,’ the family said in a statement to the Manly Daily.

Barney had suffered critical head injuries and received treatment from NSW Ambulance crews before he died at the scene (pictured)

‘Barn was our rainbow, a complex mix of light and shade, and we will look for him in the sky when the rain falls and the sun shines.

‘At night, he is the brightest star in the sky. He will always be with us. We love him, and he is part of all that is good, creative and brilliant.’

Barney had suffered critical head injuries in the horror crash and received treatment from NSW Ambulance crews before he died at the scene.

Police said he was travelling in an overloaded Holden Commodore with one female and four male teenagers at the time of the accident.

The four surviving passengers and 17-year-old driver on his red p-plates were taken to Royal North Hospital for precautionary checks.

The driver also underwent a blood and urine test for drugs and alcohol.

NSW Police told Daily Mail Australia in a statement on Monday that no charges or arrests have been made at this stage, but ‘investigations are continuing into the circumstances surrounding the crash.’

Tributes poured in for the Sydney teenager (pictured) who was described as artistically brilliant

Northern Beaches Police Commander Pat Sharkey said the tragedy had taken a heavy huge toll on the local community.

‘Everyone in this incidence, the people in the vehicle and their families, are all quite traumatised by this,’ he said on Sunday.

‘All six occupants in the vehicle are northern beaches locals.’

Barney was the second eldest of four other siblings and was so skilled as an illustrator he won his school’s art prize at St Augustine’s College in Brookvale four years in a row.

Friends, family and members of the local community have placed flowers at the scene of the horror smash.

Police have urged witnesses or anyone with information on the crash to come forward.

‘Barn was our rainbow, a complex mix of light and shade, and we will look for him in the sky when the rain falls and the sun shines,’ his family said.

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Family’s heartbreak after ‘adored’ son, 17, was killed when his P-plate mate drove into a fence – Daily Mail


‘Barney was our rainbow’: Family’s heartbreak after their son, 17, died in a horror car crash – as police continue investigation into what caused P-plate driver to veer into a fence

  • Family of young man tragically killed in horror smash pay tribute to ‘adored’ teen
  • Barney Wakes-Miller, 17, died when the vehicle his mate was driving crashed
  • There were six young people travelling in an overloaded Holden Commodore 
  • NSW Police say no arrests or changes have been made but inquiries are ongoing 

Tributes have poured in for an ‘adored’ teenager who was tragically killed in a horror car crash on Sydney’s northern beaches.

Barney Wakes-Miller, 17, died when the vehicle his mate was driving came off the road and slammed into a sandstone and wrought iron fence at Elanora Heights on Saturday at about 11.20pm.

Family of the young man said he was their ‘rainbow’ and a ‘real treasure’ in their lives.

Tributes have poured in for Barney Wakes-Miller (pictured) who was tragically killed in car crash on Sydney’s northern beaches 

‘Barn gave everything he did 110 per cent from his artistic brilliance, that was a constant thread through his life, to his love of his brothers Arthur and Tenzin and his little sister Iona,’ the family said in a statement to the Manly Daily.

‘Barn was our rainbow, a complex mix of light and shade, and we will look for him in the sky when the rain falls and the sun shines.

‘At night, he is the brightest star in the sky. He will always be with us. We love him, and he is part of all that is good, creative and brilliant.’

Barney had suffered critical head injuries and received treatment from NSW Ambulance crews before he died at the scene.

The 17-year-old died when the vehicle his mate was driving came off the road and slammed into a sandstone fence and wrought iron at Elanora Heights on Saturday at about 11.20pm

A police officer is pictured examining the crash site where Barney was tragically killed

The overloaded Holden Commodore slammed into the fence (pictured) which was made of sandstone and wrought iron

Police said he was travelling in an overloaded Holden Commodore with one female and four male teenagers at the time of the accident.

The four surviving passengers and 17-year-old driver on his red p-plates were taken to Royal North Hospital for precautionary checks.

The driver also underwent a blood and urine test for drugs and alcohol.

NSW Police told Daily Mail in a statement on Monday that no charges or arrests have been made at this stage, but ‘investigations are continuing into the circumstances surrounding the crash.’

Northern Beaches Police Commander Pat Sharkey said the tragedy had taken a heavy huge toll on the local community.

‘Everyone in this incidence, the people in the vehicle and their families, are all quite traumatised by this,’ he said on Sunday.

‘All six occupants in the vehicle are northern beaches locals.’

Barney was the second eldest of four other siblings and was so skilled as an illustrator he won his school’s art prize at St Augustine’s College in Brookvale four years in a row.

Friends, family and members of the local community have placed flowers at the scene of the horror smash.

Police have urged witnesses or anyone with information on the crash to come forward.

‘Barn was our rainbow, a complex mix of light and shade, and we will look for him in the sky when the rain falls and the sun shines,’ his family said.

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Art Gallery rooftop project to feature giant Aboriginal artwork – Mirage News

  • Contract for Art Gallery rooftop development awarded to ADCO Constructions
  • Project to feature external lift, rooftop sculpture walk and 500-person social venue
  • Rooftop to feature 34-metre artwork by Noongar artist Christopher Pease
  • Project to support 265 Western Australian jobs and fulfils an election commitment by the McGowan Government 
  • The McGowan Government has today announced the successful contractor tasked with transforming the Art Gallery of WA’s (AGWA) rooftop into a multi-use gallery space and rooftop venue over the next six months. 

    ADCO Constructions has been awarded the contract for the Elevate project, which will support 265 construction jobs.

    Elevate, designed by Perth-based firm TAG Architects and Sydney firm fjmt, will feature:

    • an external lift and skybridge from the Perth Cultural Centre precinct to allow people access to the rooftop afterhours;
    • a 500-person rooftop venue, the largest in Perth, with exceptional views;
    • an open-air rooftop sculpture park featuring works from the State Art Collection;
    • a new internal gallery located on the roof; and
    • conservation labs being re-located from the roof to the basement and given better facilities for the conservation, preservation and preparation of works for the State Art Collection. 

    AGWA has also commissioned for the State Art Collection an eye-catching 34-metre-long artwork, by leading Noongar artist Christopher Pease, which will wrap around one third of the rooftop wall.

    It is anticipated the project will be completed by January 2021.

    The project is part of the Art Gallery’s broader strategic plan led by Director Colin Walker, who was appointed in March this year.

    Other developments for AGWA announced today include:

    • the imminent appointment of an additional Indigenous Associate Curator to focus on Noongar art as part of a new curatorial structure that will also feature a curator of Western Australian art;
    • appointing WA born New-York based artist Ian Strange as Guest Artistic Director;
    • extending the tenure of the current Board Chairman, Janet Holmes à Court, for two years until December 31, 2022; and
    • opening a new ground floor gallery dedicated to contemporary Aboriginal art reflecting its status as one of the most important art movements of our time. 

    As stated by Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:

    “The Art Gallery rooftop project will be an outstanding addition to the Art Gallery and the Perth Cultural Centre and will literally change the way we see this part of Perth.

    “Elevate will provide stunning views of the hills, the city skyline and the New Museum, and the combination of rooftop events, artworks and people will add vibrancy to the Perth Cultural Centre precinct.”

    As stated by Treasurer and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt:

    “The Elevate project is a fantastic investment in our arts and cultural industries that will activate the Perth Cultural Centre precinct, supporting businesses and jobs.

    “I’m delighted a huge 34-metre-long artwork by leading Noongar artist Christopher Pease will be a centrepiece for this development and for the first time a Noongar curator will be appointed to AGWA.

    “Aboriginal art is not only strikingly beautiful, it is critical to truth telling and provides us insight into the history of our State and the connection of first nations people with these lands.” 

    /Public Release. View in full here.