17yo girl dies after driving head-on into a van
A teenager was killed in a head-on crash with a van, just moments after police driving in the opposite direction had passed her, and turned around with the intention of pulling her over.
Apprentice mechanic Sky Heffernan, 17, of Wingham was remembered on Tuesday for her positivity and her passion for horses. She was killed when her Ford Falcon and a van collided on Monday afternoon. The van driver was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police said a highway patrol officer had done a U-turn on Bulga Rd, intending to pull Ms Heffernan over because he believed she may have been speeding, but she had crashed before he caught up to her.
It is not believed Ms Heffernan's vehicle and the patrol car were involved in a chase, but a critical incident investigation has been launched.
Former classmate Samantha Taylor, 17, described her friend as "beautiful and outgoing".
"Sky guided me from the bad things, she always wanted the best for everyone," she said.
Emilee Cuthbertson said Ms Heffernan recently started a new job and had bought a puppy, which was with her in the car but survived. "She always put a smile on everyone's face," she said.
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