Man charged over fatal street race on Hume Highway at Greenacre in Sydney's south-west

25 November 2013 9:18 PM

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Man charged over fatal street race on Hume Highway at Greenacre in Sydney's south-west

A 23-year-old man has been charged over a street race in Sydney's south-west that resulted in the death of a teenager.

Social media was awash with tributes to Amin Asfour after he died in the crash on the Hume Highway at Greenacre nine days ago.

The 18-year-old was a passenger in a Mitsubishi Lancer being driven by his cousin during a street race with a red Nissan Pulsar.

The two cars collided and spun into two other vehicles driving towards them on the highway.

Mr Asfour died at the scene and his cousin, also 18, remains in hospital with serious head injuries.

Police say the man behind the wheel of the Pulsar was driving with a suspended licence.

He has now been charged with dangerous driving occasioning death and grievous bodily harm, negligent driving occasioning death, driving while suspended, drug possession and a charge relating to high-performance vehicles.

New South Wales Roads Minister Duncan Gay says the tragedy sends a strong message to street racers.

"We need to concentrate on getting a message through to people of the dangers of it," Mr Gay said.

"Penalties work to a certain extent but getting a clear message of how stupid it is, how dumb it is, and how you can put your life and other lives at risk is the key message."

The cars were racing in wet weather and Inspector Phil Brooks from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command issued a warning the day after the crash.

"With the wet weather on the roads, vehicles travelling at speed involved in crashes will almost certainly lead to a fatal outcome," he said.

"Just before Christmas, this is a very sad and tragic reminder of just how dangerous the roads can be when speed and wet weather is involved."


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