On the 24th March a car carrying five men crashed and caught alight on Bungarribee Road in New Zealand. Two of the men fled the scene, leaving their friends to burn to death in the remains of the vehicle. Only through the intervention of bystanders, who stepped in to help pull the three men free, did they survive. The escape of the two other boys provoked a manhunt that led to one of the suspects being arrested yesterday, not long after the initial accident. 19-year-old Awac Awac, was placed in police custody and today was brought to court and granted. He was seen covering his face and refusing to respond to questions about why he abandoned his friends while being led by his mother through the press.
Blacktown: Police are hunting for two people who fled a fiery crash on Bungarribee Road, leaving three injured men behind. Police: "one is in a critical condition with serious head injuries" #BlackTown #7News pic.twitter.com/BjmX8FNqO5— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) 25 March 2018
Awac was behind the wheel of the car when he ran it over a concrete median and drove it along the opposite side of the road before crashing. While the car was alight the two men fled, leaving their friends behind. It was at this point that bystanders stepped in and helped the three remaining men, two of which were aged 19 with the other aged 21. The three remaining men are currently in hospital and one of the men is in critical condition due to a head wound, another is in serious condition and has been told he may never walk again, while the third is thankfully in stable condition and should recover fully.
Teen bailed after allegedly fleeing crash while friends trapped in burning car https://t.co/2wEmngIBRo— J (@Swizz83) 26 March 2018
Police still consider this to be an open investigation since one of the men who fled is still at large, but Awac Awac has been arrested and has been granted bail. Considering how quickly he was brought into police custody it is likely that we’ll see the final culprit caught relatively soon.
For many though this story will remain somewhat hard to digest. Two adult men fled the scene of a crash and left their three friends behind to die an agonising death while being burned alive, trapped in the wreckage of an accident caused by the very people who abandoned them. It really is a horrendous display of cowardice and selfishness, and the sort of behaviour that warrants a brutal sentencing from the courts. It is also made even worse by the fact that random pedestrians had to step in and risk their lives for complete strangers in order to prevent the loss of human life, while these two men lacked the basic decency to help their friends.
Needless to say, we don’t think Awac is going to have a good 2018.