A husband was reportedly heard saying “my wife, my wife” after watching his school teacher spouse and her friend killed in a horrific car crash, it has been claimed.
A man, 21, has been charged with manslaughter following the crash after an allegedly stolen 4WD collided with the women’s Honda Jazz in Peakhurst in Sydney’s south on Tuesday.
According to NSW Police, the male driver of the 4WD – named in multiple reports as Tyron Knodler – was allegedly three times over the legal limit at the time.
According to the Australian, Gayle Gibson, 62, a teacher at Canterbury Girls High who was sitting behind the driver, was one of the women killed along with Gold Coast woman Carol Chambers, 66, who was driving.
Ms Gibson’s husband Tony Giorgio, 58, was also in the car but survived the crash along with another woman, 62, who escaped with minor injuries.
“Passing motorists stopped and assisted those involved; however, the driver of the Jazz, a 66-year-old woman from Runaway Bay in Queensland, and a 62-year-old Padstow Heights woman seated behind her, were critically injured and died at the scene,” police said in a statement.
“The front-seat passenger, a 58-year-old Padstow Heights man, and a 62-year-old woman, also from Runaway Bay, seated in the back seat, were taken to St George Hospital where they remain in a stable condition.”
According to Nine, Mr Gorgio was heard by witnesses saying “my wife, my wife” after the crash.
Canterbury Girls High principal Sue Holden told the Australian: “Ms Gibson was a much loved member of staff.”
Knodler will now face court on Thursday on 11 charges including manslaughter, aggravated dangerous driving causing death and aggravated dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm.
Police will allege the driver of the Landcruiser left the scene but was followed by members of the public who had called Triple Zero (000). He was arrested a short time later in Park Street.
“You do everything you can as first aiders and stuff like that,” a witness at the crash scene told Nine News. “And you lose two people and you know what, that’s why people are sitting on the ground crying.”