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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