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Teen charged over Bayview crash that killed friend

The teenaged driver involved in a fatal single-vehicle crash in Bayview earlier this month has been formally charged with ten offences.

About 12.20am on Saturday 7 October 2023, emergency services were called to Cabbage Tree Road, Bayview, following reports a ute had left the road and hit a tree.

Officers from Northern Beaches Police Area Command arrived to find six boys with serious injuries.

The 17-year-old red P-plate driver was airlifted to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in a critical condition was survived.

The passengers – three 17-year-old boys and two 16-year-old boys – were treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics taken to Royal North Shore Hospital, where one of the 16-year-olds died a short time later.

His name was Cohen Griggs-Bufton. He had been travelling in the front passenger side of a ute before he died. You can read about this in this tribute from his family. 


Cohen Griggs-Bufton with family.Specialist police from the Crash Investigation Unit commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Late last night week, officers attended a home in Bayview and arrested the driver, a 17-year-old boy.

He was taken to Manly Police Station and charged with ten offences:

  • Dangerous driving occasioning death
  • Dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm – two counts
  • Cause bodily harm by misconduct, in charge of motor vehicle – two counts
  • Negligent driving (occasioning death)
  • Negligent driving (occasions grievous bodily harm)
  • Negligent driving (no death or grievous bodily harm)
  • Learner/P1/P2 driver passengers (over 16) not wear seatbelts
  • P1 driver older than 25 drive at night with more than one passenger

He was granted strict conditional bail to appear at a children’s court on Wednesday 10 January 2023.

His licence was also suspended.

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