Jordan Tye Maaka, 18, (pictured) has been charged after allegedly crashing a car in Sydney’s southwest on Friday morning
A friend of a learner driver who allegedly ploughed his car into a power pole in Sydney’s south leaving five teenagers injured shared photos of the mangled wreck online just hours after the horror crash.
Jordan Tye Maaka, 18, allegedly lost control and crashed his Honda Accord while coming around a bend on Stoney Creek Road, Beverly Hills, about 6am on Friday.
The teenager, who allegedly got behind the wheel while his license was suspended because of unpaid fines, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Liverpool Hospital for treatment.
Four passengers – two girls aged 16 and two boys aged 15 and 16 – were treated at the scene before being taken to hospital, each in a stable condition.
An arrest warrant has now been issued for Maaka after he failed to appear in court on Tuesday after being granted bail on Sunday.
Just hours after the crash, a friend of Maaka’s shared photos on Facebook which were taken by a news outlet and showed the wreckage, alongside the caption: ‘s**t mayne’ – a slang term for ‘man’.
In the comments, another mate reassured Maaka, who is facing a raft of charges, that everything would be ok. ‘You will be right big,’ he said.
The incident has rattled members of the community still reeling from the deaths of five teenagers in an eerily similar crash in Buxton, southwest of Sydney, just ten days earlier.
Many have flocked online to express their disappointment that the Buxton tragedy did not appear to serve as a reminder to youths of the dangers and responsibilities posed when getting into the driver’s seat.
The post from a friend of the ‘eshay’ L-plate driver who allegedly ploughed his car into a pole, injuring four teenagers, with the pictures captioned, ‘S**t mayne’ – which is slang for ‘man’
The crash left five teens hospitalised with injuries. Pictured is the Honda Accord at the scene
Pictured: Police officers and firefighters at Beverly Hills crash scene on Friday
‘Five families are mourning the loss of their child killed in Buxton a week ago,’ one woman said.
‘This could have easily been another five families mourning the loss of their loved ones.’
The same friend who posted footage of the wreckage had also shared a news report days earlier about the fatal Buxton crash.
According to social media, Maaka attended Bass Hill High School in Sydney’s southwest, just 13km from the Beverly Hills crash site.
In one Facebook post from last year, Maaka shared a photo of himself blowing out a big puff of smoke, referring to himself as an ‘eshay’ – which describes an urban youth subculture associated with crude language, rebelliousness, and eccentric clothing.
‘Who is that sexy c***?’ one friend commented.
Maaka replied: ‘He goes by the name of lobob…. Mi cat…. Eshay eshay cat.’
It is unclear precisely what Maaka’s reply means.
In one Facebook post (pictured), Maaka shared an image of him blowing out a puff of smoke
In the comments, Maaka said he ‘goes by the name of lobob’ and called himself as an ‘eshay’
Maaka has been charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving causing grievous bodily harm, three counts of causing injury while in charge of motor vehicle and driving while suspended.
He appeared at a hearing at Parramatta Local Court on Sunday via video link from his hospital bed where he was under police guard and suffering from a range of injuries including a broken arm.
He reportedly failed to appear in Sutherland Local Court on Tuesday for a mention of his case.
An arrest warrant was issued by Magistrate Melissa Humphreys about 3.30pm on Tuesday as the police prosecutor told the court he would refer the case to the Director of Public Prosecutions, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Witnesses told Daily Mail Australia on Friday that the alleged driver wandered around, dazed and agitated.
The two female passengers were lying on the footpath beside the car, one unable to speak while the other screamed out with a bleeding cut on her neck.
Glen Norrish, who lives in the house in front of where the car crashed, said he was woken just after 5.30am by an ‘almighty bang’ and wandered out to see the alleged driver, the two injured girls and another young man sitting by his letterbox, leaning against the fence with his leg bleeding.
Mr Norrish said another young man was stuck in the middle of the back seat.
‘The car was sort of smoking, I was ready to grab the fire extinguisher,’ he said.
Mr Norrish said he told the two teenage girls to stay awake.
‘One had a pretty bad cut on her neck, the other was just laying there and I kept on saying “keep your eyes open”,’ he said.
‘This is a bad stretch of road but (I believe) speed was involved.
‘The girl with the cut on her neck who was screaming, I think she also hurt her neck.
‘The damage on that fence, they were going fast.’
One of the female passengers is understood to have hip and chest injuries, while the other girl sustained a head injury. Both were taken to St George Hospital and have since been discharged.
Two male passengers, aged 15 and 16, were also treated at the scene and taken to Liverpool Hospital in stable condition but have since been discharged.
During Sunday’s hearing, Maaka was granted bail under the condition he does not leave home unless with his mother, going to work, or returning from work.
He must also not occupy any drivers seat of a motor vehicle and is required to present himself to the front door of his Warwick Farm bail address if requested by police.
The crash at Beverley Hills occurred 10 days after five teens were killed at Buxton (pictured)
Friends gather at the scene at Buxton, in Sydney’s south-west, where five classmates from Picton High School aged between 14 and 16 were killed in a horror crash on September 6
NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Brett McFadden said there were eerie similarities between the Beverly Hills crash and the one at Buxton.
Tyrell Edwards, 18, faces five charges of dangerous driving after his five passengers, were killed in the high-speed crash on the night of September 6.
The three girls and two boys killed in the accident were all friends from Picton High School.
Antonio Desisto, Tyrese Bechard, Summer Williams, Lily Van De Putte and Gabriella McLennan – all aged between 14 and 16 – died when a Nissan Navara ute veered off the road in Buxton.
The alleged driver, Edwards, escaped the smash with non life-threatening injuries and remains behind bars.
‘We have a direct correlation with what happened just days ago at Buxton,’ Asst Cmnr McFadden said.
‘We are most fortunate we didn’t lose another five lives.
‘We shouldn’t be aspiring to be driving like these absolute idiots on the road.
‘We need to make sure that as a community, we are doing everything we can to prevent these incidents taking place.’