P-Plater killed'


Teenager Daniel O'Neill was just 10 minutes from home when police believe that he fell asleep at the wheel before his car crashed, killing him instantly. The 17 year-old P-plate driver and his 16 year-old friend were heading home to Moss Vale when he crashed at Mittagong at 6:00am on Saturday morning, A steady stream of mourners arrived at the O'Neill house yesterday to off their condolences to his family.

A group of children returned to the crash scene on the Old Hume Highway yesterday afternoon. The Daily Telegraph spoke to a family friend who said that fatigue was the cause of the accident. "It wasn't excessive speed, just simple fatigue*. It was just a sad accident," the man, who did not wish to be named, said.
"Daniel was nature's nicest gentleman. He was one of the best blokes you could ever know. It's such a tragedy," he said. The 16 year-old passenger was released from Bowral Hospital yesterday after being treated for cuts and bruises.

© The Daily Telegraph, 31st October, 2004. Authors Gemma Jones, Evelyn Yamine.