19-year-old Jodie Gillett graduated from Castle Hill High School in 2016.
19-year-old Jodie Gillett graduated from Castle Hill High School in 2016. Facebook

Learner driver killed in crash during lesson has been named

THE teenage learner driver who was killed in a tragic car accident on Friday evening during a driving lesson with her father was about to sit her provisional driving licence test.

Jodie Gillett, 19, died after her red Suzuki Swift collided with a Ford Falcon in Glenorie, NSW at about 4.50pm on Friday.

Her dad Gary, 58, who was supervising her in the passenger seat, remains in a critical condition.

Witnesses say the L-plater was performing a U-turn when the fatal collision in Sydney's north occurred.

The scene of a crash in which a learner-driver died and her supervising driver is critically injured following a two-vehicle crash at Glenorie in Sydney’s north west. Picture: Dean Asher
The scene of a crash in which a learner-driver died and her supervising driver is critically injured following a two-vehicle crash at Glenorie in Sydney’s north west. Picture: Dean Asher

Ms Gillett's grandmother Heather told The Daily Telegraph the family was struggling to come to terms with the tragedy.

"She would never go over the speed limit," she told the publication.

"She was just so conscientious. We don't want to lay any blame.

"Jodie was kind, caring and a beautiful girl in every sense. This shouldn't have happened."

Police say the crash is “absolutely tragic”.
Police say the crash is “absolutely tragic”. 7NEWS

When they reached the intersection of Old Northern Road and Meriden Avenue, their car collided with a Ford Falcon - forcing both cars off the road.

Chief inspector Frank Gilroy told reporters multiple emergency crews, including seven ambulance crews and a medical helicopter, rushed to the scene but could not save the girl.

"The 58-year-old father, the passenger in the Swift, is currently at Royal North Shore Hospital - he was airlifted there in a critical condition," he said.

"The 38-year-old driver of the Falcon was not seriously injured, but he was taken to Westmead Hospital to undergo mandatory drug and alcohol testing."

Old Northern Rd was blocked in both directions after the incident and was expected to be closed for some time.

"It's absolutely tragic when these things occur - all drivers should be aware to take care," Mr Gilroy said.

"Naturally, (the driver's) mum and (the passenger's) wife is absolutely devastated. She's been at her husband's bedside since last night."

Ms Gillett graduated from Castle Hill High School in 2016 and had already logged many driving hours on her L-plates, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

News Corp Australia


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