Five charged over fatal SA crash

Five teenagers have been charged with manslaughter over a fatal hit-and-run crash in Adelaide.


The five were all arrested and charged on Monday after the Sunday morning crash which killed Lucy Paveley at suburban Parafield.

The 40-year-old died when an allegedly stolen 4WD slammed into her car at an intersection on Main North Road.

Four boys, two aged 15, one aged 14 and one aged 13 will all appear in the Adelaide Youth Court on Tuesday.

An 18-year-old man will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court.

It was alleged by police that two of the teenagers in the 4WD fled the scene of the crash and were picked up by another allegedly stolen car.

Police said a task force set up to investigate the crash was continuing its inquiries and further charges were likely.

An independent Commissioner’s Inquiry had also been established to investigate police involvement in the incident, with a patrol engaged in a brief pursuit of the second car before the crash.

The case is tragically similar to one in Adelaide less than a year ago when 48-year-old Nicole Tucker was killed when two youths in a stolen ute crashed into her car at high-speed, with the driver jailed for just 18 months.

The community outrage over Ms Tucker’s death promoted South Australian Attorney General John Rau to introduce legislation to allow for tougher sentences for youths in such cases.

Mr Rau described Sunday’s incident as “grotesquely unacceptable” and said he would ensure that if the bill passed parliament it would apply in the current case should convictions be secured.

“The public expect these people to be dealt with in a serious way,” he said