A young woman who died after the car in which she was travelling crashed into a tree at Terrey Hills has been described by colleagues as “a wonderful kid with a lot of energy who was a friend to everyone”.
Akanksha Kadam, 27, was in the back seat of a black Honda Prelude when the driver is believed to have lost control of the car on Mona Vale Rd, crossed a grassed dividing strip and hit a tree with such force that it split the tree.
An Indian national, Ms Kadam was living in Meadowbank on a student visa, was attending Macquarie University and was working at Mantra Indian Restaurant at Top Ryde.
She was with three others, all of whom also work casually at the same restaurant while on student visas from India.
A 23-year-old Marsfield woman who was also in the rear of the car when it crashed about 1am on Tuesday suffered serious injuries.
Colleagues at the restaurant said she was recovering from surgery on Tuesday afternoon.
A 20-year-old man from Ryde seated in the front of the car was also taken to Royal North Shore Hospital, while the driver, Sachin Sachin, 23, from Eastwood, was taken to Mona Vale Hospital for treatment for minor injuries and for mandatory blood and urine tests.
He was later arrested and taken to Manly police station where yesterday afternoon he was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death, negligent driving occasioning death, dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, and negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.
He was refused bail and will appear in Manly Local Court on Wednesday.
Mantra Indian Restaurant director Amit Kumar said most of the quartet were not working that night and he believed they had gone to Mona Vale Beach for a drive.
“Most of them don’t have family here, he said. “All of them are friends. I treat them like my family.”
He described Ms Kadam as a bright spark of enthusiasm in the workplace.
“She was a wonderful kid, a lovely kid with a lot of energy,” he said.
“She was from a very good family, she had very good family values, with nice customer service.
“She was a good looking kid with a lot of respect for her elders, she was a lively energetic person she was a friend to everyone.”
A helicopter was called to the scene but the three survivors of the crash were taken to hospital by road.
Mona Vale Rd was closed in both directions while crash investigators conducted their inquiries and local diversions were in place.
The incident is being investigated by members of the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit and police are urging anyone with information or anyone who may have witnessed the manner of driving of the black Honda Prelude prior to that crash to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Traffic & Highway Patrol Command Insp Phillip Brooks said crash investigators would return to Mona Vale Rd last night to see if any workers in the area had seen the black Honda Prelude pass by.
He said all four occupants of the car were of Indian descent.
When asked if he thought speed might be a factor, Insp Brooks said it was too early in the investigation to attribute any particular cause to the crash.
“This takes the road toll so far this year to 195,” he said.
“It highlights the tragic lack of personal responsibility on our roads.”
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