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.
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