Investigators are waiting to interview a disqualified learner driver who collided with another van resulting in the death of a toddler.

The two-year-old girl died in hospital following the crash in West Sydney and eight others are being treated for various injuries.

“She was a beautiful soul. She’s just adorable … funny. She is everything to her dad,” her cousin Marilyn Nauer told 9NEWS.

The family from Griffith were heading to the airport to fly to Samoa for a Christmas holiday.

“This is a sad and tragic event,” Chief Inspector Phillip Brooks from the Metropolitan Investigation Unit said.

“While this matter does continue to be investigated, certainly someone that shouldn’t be behind the wheel of a vehicle in the first place is a critical factor in this inquiry.”

Inspector Brooks said police were investigating a number of possible factors including fatigue and whether the young children were restrained in baby seats.

“Certainly, what this is an indicator of is passengers not wearing seatbelts, children that aren’t properly restrained, that are sadly dying on our roads from what is complacency.

“Anyone that operates a motor vehicle should ensure that those passengers, particularly children, are properly restrained in those vehicles,” he said.

The 20 year old disqualified learner driver was taken to Westmead Hospital where she has been treated for abrasions.

Police hope to speak with her as soon as she is deemed fit enough.

Our thoughts are with all involved.

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  • I know somebody who has assisted at a few accidents before Ambulance and Police have arrived. On occasions it has been him who has called the ambulance. In all he has attended children were hurt in they were either not restrained at all or not correctly. He is not too sympathetic towards neglectful parents.


  • This is one accident that should never have happened. Such a sad thing at any time but more poignant because it is almost Christmas.


  • I really hope that kid was restrained- not that it matters now, but that is just irresponsible parenting. Yes the driver shouldn’t have been behind the wheel but restraints are there for such emergencies…


  • I see so many kids not restrained properly in cars. People are insane. You can’t just go to kmart and replace your kids! You shouldn’t be having babies if you can’t be bothered doing everything you can to keep them safe.


  • Cars kill – when will people realise this and take more responsibility when driving?


  • What a tragic incident.
    A disqualified learner driver, passengers not wearing seatbelts and children that aren’t properly restrained….these people will feel guilty for the rest of their lives.


  • Was it really worth having someone like this driving, whether it is her fault or not. She would not have the experience of road sense to know how to react. Christmas has been wreaked for this family indeed.


  • This is terrible! I think long jail time is definitely needed here! Down from my house a Ls learner without a guardian speeding and smashed into a car with 2 parents and a child! It’s so wrong! And the driver got just a smack on the hand..

    • Not nice at all. Police should have been tougher!!


  • Poor little girl! She was so young. Was she really not wearing a seat belt? And why was that woman driving despite the disqualification? :-(


  • A disaster waiting to happen. Poor family.


  • She should have not been driving full stop.


  • It sounds like there’s a lot of fault to go around. Poor child.


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