A car has struck a group of pedestrians on WA’s south coast, killing a 16-year-old girl.
Police have charged a 19-year-old man over the incident at Monjingup, about 9 kilometres north of Esperance.
The crash happened about 1:30am on Saturday on Davis Road.
“A white Holden ute travelling along Davis Road collided with a group of people,” Detective Senior Constable Cameron Outred said.
“Tragically, a 16-year-old girl died at the scene and two other people received minor injuries.”
The vehicle was located several hours later and the male driver arrested.
Senior Constable Outred said the driver had been charged with manslaughter, failing to stop and ensure assistance is provided after an incident, and failing to report an incident occasioning death.
Parents woken by screaming
The ABC has obtained video footage of a car moments before it allegedly ploughed into a group of teenagers, however Senior Constable Outred would not discuss the footage.
“There is some video, I won’t comment on it because it’s before the courts now,” he said.
Police are trying to piece together the moments leading up to the crash but do not believe the driver was aiming for the teenagers.
The parents inside the home where the party was being held were woken by yelling and screaming after the crash.
The mother ran outside and immediately began trying to resuscitate the 16-year-old girl until paramedics arrived.
Major Crash officers are investigating if speed was a factor in the crash.
“We have taken a blood sample from the driver, it will take a while before we get the results of that. We have no evidence to suggest drugs or alcohol played a part,” Senior Constable Outred said.
“Obviously with the nature of the charges it wasn’t normal driving, but the extent of that criminality is still under investigation.
“There is no indication this was an intentional event. I would say it was a tragic accident, it’s an incident that has had tragic consequences, but there is no evidence to say it was an intentional act and I certainly don’t believe it was.”
The teenager’s mother posted an online tribute to her daughter saying “we lost our beautiful girl this morning … Kaitlyn we will love you and be proud of you … forever sweet 16.”
Anyone with information relating to the incident or who saw a white utility in the area prior to the crash is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.
Man killed in cliff crash
Meanwhile, a man died after the car he was a passenger in drove over a 20-metre cliff in WA’s Gascoyne region.
At about 3:30am on Saturday, police were told a vehicle had gone off the cliff at The Lagoon, 15km south of the Warroora Homestead.
Emergency services took the male driver and a female passenger to Coral Bay for treatment.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service landed in Perth at 4:35 this afternoon, taking both passengers to Royal Perth Hospital for further medical treatment.
A male passenger died at the scene.
Investigations are continuing.