Twist in winery crash death of beloved teen who was tagged by ute on her way home from concert with the girls – while her 21-year-old partner is being sued
- Ivy-Rose Hughes, 19, was killed in a car accident in McLaren Vale, SA in February
- The korfball player was traveling home with friends when they crashed with an ute
- The Mazda rolled down an embankment, while seven others were rushed to hospital
- A 21-year-old woman driving the vehicle has now been charged with the death
A 21-year-old woman has been charged with the tragic death of her girlfriend, an emerging netball star, after she died in a horror crash returning home from a winery concert.
Ivy-Rose Hughes, 19, was killed when the Mazda SUV she was traveling in was tapped by a Mitsubishi ute at the intersection of Malpas Road and Main Road in South Australia’s McLaren Vale at around 10pm on February 24.
Seven others, including a pregnant mother and her son, were also injured in the shocking crash in which the Mazda ran off the road and rolled off an embankment.
Ivy-Rose Hughes, 19, (pictured) was tragically killed in a horror hit just south of Adelaide on Wednesday night
“As part of an ongoing investigation, the Mazda station wagon driver, a 21-year-old woman from North Haven, was arrested today by Major Crash Investigators,” said police.
She has been released on bail to appear before Christies Beach Magistrates Court on May 31, where she is faced once for causing death from dangerous driving and five times for causing serious injuries from dangerous driving.
Emergency services desperately tried to rescue Ms. Hughes on the spot, but her injuries were too serious.
The driver and the three other passengers in the Mazda were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, along with three others who were traveling in the ute.
The teen’s death devastated the state’s netball community, which represented Ms. Hughes as a player for the South Australian Institute of Sport, in the 17 and Under National Championships from 2019 to 2020.
Tributes poured in for the talented athlete after her death, who was remembered by sports clubs and friends as a ‘star’ and ‘bright spark’.
“An incredible netball player and even more incredible young woman, the whole netball community is saddened by this news,” The Matrics Netball Club, Ms. Hughes’s club, wrote in a post on Facebook.
“Our thoughts right now are with Ivy’s family and loved ones, along with the entire netball family feeling the impact of this great loss.”
The Mazda SUV, the talented athlete, was a passenger in a collision with a Mitsubishi ute (photo) and rolled off an embankment
A 21-year-old woman has been charged with the tragic death of rising netball star Ivy-Rose Hughes, 19, (pictured) who was killed in a horrific crash returning home from a winery concert.
SASI said they were ‘devastated’ by Ms. Hughes’s death in a statement after her death, while Indoor Sport described her as a ‘talented’ netball player.
‘Not only was she a great netball player, but she was an even better person who was always seen with a smile on her face,’ said Indoor Sport.
Friend Courtney Morris said Mrs. Hughes lit up the room.
‘I will never forget the happiness you radiated wherever you went. Knowing you was a privilege. Rest assured we will all love you forever, ‘she wrote online.
Ms. Hughes was a member of Matrics Netball Club and represented the state with the South Australian Institute of Sport at the 17 and Under National Championships from 2019 to 2020
Mrs. Hughes and her four friends had spent the day together in the vineyard before tragedy struck on the way home.
Local residents said the intersection is a notorious black spot with poor signage, 9 News reports.
“It’s not the first accident at that intersection, a lot of accidents happen there, so something needs to be done about it,” said nearby resident Hazel Parker.