Days before Lachie and mates died, brother pleaded on Facebook for drivers to slow down

Joshua Michael Young died in his father’s arms following a motorcycle crash in Picton on Sunday. Photo: Facebook
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Joshua Michael Young died in his father’s arms following a motorcycle crash in Picton on Sunday. Photo: Facebook

Three Northern Beaches men in their 20s were killed when their Mitsubishi SUV crashed on the Bells Line of Road at Bilpin. Lachie Burleigh, 17, was one of the men killed as they drove home from a psychedelic dance music festival, Psyfari, in the Blue Mountains. Photo: Facebook Photo: Facebook

Lachie Burleigh, 17, was one of three men killed in a car crash at Bilpin on Sunday. Photo: Facebook

Joshua Michael Young died in his father’s arms following a motorcycle crash in Picton on Sunday. Photo: Facebook

Joshua Michael Young died in his father’s arms following a motorcycle crash in Picton on Sunday. Photo: Facebook

Motorcycle crash victim Joshua Michael Young with his father, who witnessed the accident. Photo: Facebook

Luke Shanahan died in the crash that also claimed the lives of two of his friends. Photo: Supplied

The brother of a teenager killed with two friends in a car crash had begged drivers to slow down just four days before the accident.

Lachie Burleigh, 17, was one of the three young Northern Beaches men killed as they drove home from a psychedelic dance music festival, Psyfari, in the Blue Mountains on Sunday afternoon.

It is believed their car, driven by a P-plater, spun out of control and veered onto the wrong side of the Bells Line of Road at Bilpin around 3.30pm.

They collided with an oncoming Subaru sedan carrying a couple in their 80s, who escaped with minor injuries. The young driver in Lachie’s car survived with non-life-threatening injuries but their friends, Ben Sawyer and Luke Shanahan, also died.

Only four days earlier, Lachie’s older brother, Jayden, who lived in the Northern Rivers region of NSW, had posted this plea on Facebook: “To all you northern rivers rev head road Reverends … Please slow down! Your selfish mind in your powerfully driven ego chariot is not wanted on these roads … Especially in slippery lightning & thunder times!”

The crash was the latest in a disturbing spike in the state’s road toll. So far this year, 235 people have been killed, 26 more than at the same time last year.

It prompted a widespread crackdown by police, who conducted Operation Saturation on roads and at hot spots over the weekend.

However, nine people died in seven crashes after the operation began on Thursday.

Just half an hour before the Bilpin crash, motorcyclist Joshua Michael Young was killed when his motorcycle smashed into an oncoming Mazda sedan on Barkers Lodge Road, Picton.

His father, who was riding behind him on the winding, scenic road, witnessed the crash and cradled his dying son in his arms, according to a witness.

Craig Sheahan, who was one of the first on the scene, said he was out for a motorcycle ride on Sunday afternoon and had chosen to take a shorter ride through Appin and Picton instead of to Port Botany.

After stopping for a drink and a rest in Picton, he said he had travelled only 800 metres along Barkers Lodge Road when he came across the accident and stopped to help.

“The rider was lying on the road and in a bad way,” Mr Sheahan said in a Facebook post, adding that “his father was there cradling his son”.

“It was hectic as we waited for the emergency services to arrive.

“Things got worse, the rider was in need of CPR, I commenced, it seemed like an eternity till the ambulance arrived.

“I don’t think it was going to end well for the rider and my ride home afterwards was very different, lots of time to think about things.”

Mr Young, from the Campbelltown area, was aged in his 20s.

He was a keen motorcycle rider, car enthusiast, competitive rider, traveller and artist who sold his work under the name Losu.

He posted regularly in the Sydney Ducatista club for Ducati enthusiasts and enjoyed frequent weekend rides with his father.

Police said officers from Camden would prepare a report for the coroner. The male driver of the Mazda sedan that collided with Mr Young was not injured.

Police are continuing to investigate the Bilpin triple fatality that killed three passengers in a Mitsubishi SUV.

Friends of Lachlan, who lived at Mona Vale, have flooded social media with tributes.

“I can’t believe this has happened, from dancing with you only hours ago to hearing that one of my closest mates and brothers has had an accident,” one friend posted online.

“I will never forget your happy vibes and constant smile.”

His brother, Jayden, posted: “My little bro man, thank you for giving me that special strength. It’s just really hard for me right now trying to fathom turning this into a reality.”

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