The two children killed in a horror car crash in Sydney’s south have been remembered as ‘beautiful boys’ – as their uncle is charged over the incident.
Brothers Xavier and Peter Abreu, aged 10 and nine, died after the Subaru WRX they were travelling in crashed into a tree on Grand Parade in Monterey at 9.50pm on Friday.
The boys’ cousin, a nine-year-old girl, was also in the car and suffered minor injuries.
Jimmy Martin Brito, 33, the boys’ uncle and girl’s father, has since been charged with two counts of dangerous driving causing death and one count of causing bodily harm by misconduct.
Brothers Xavier and Peter Abreu, aged 10 and nine, died after the car they were travelling in crashed into a tree on the Grand Parade in Monterey at 9.50pm on Friday
Shocked and devastated Sydneysiders stood downcast as they reflected on the tragedy
The boys’ stepmother, Jivonne Garrido, has set up a fundraiser to help support the grieving family.
‘The beautiful boys lost their lives in tragic circumstances however their memories will live on forever with the family,’ she wrote in a post to GoFundMe on Sunday.
The boys leave behind their father Samuel, mother Olimpia Aliferis, stepmother Jivonne and brothers Alex and Jacob.
The two boys were sitting in the back of the car when it struck a tree. Xavier is pictured left while Peter is pictured right
Jimmy Martin Brito, 33, allegedly lost control of his Subaru WRX and hit a tree – killing his nephews and injuring his daughter. He was charged with two counts of dangerous driving causing death, and one count of cause bodily harm by misconduct
‘We thank everyone who has already shown the size of their hearts with heartfelt messages and flowers at the site,’ Ms Garrido said.
‘We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.’
Police allege in court documents Brito was driving in a ‘manner dangerous to another person’ at the time of the impact.
He was supposed to face court via a hospital bedside hearing on Sunday, but the matter was adjourned after his defence lawyer Fahim Arya told the court they were not ready to proceed, with Brito still recovering from serious injuries sustained in the crash.
Outside court, Mr Arya told reporters his client has had a ‘limited conversation’ with the mother of the two boys, who is his sister, who died while he has been in hospital.
Mr Arya said the mother was ‘distraught and distressed’ but ‘still supports and stands by him.’
He added that Brito was ‘fresh out of surgery’ and on medication as he begins his long road to recovery.
‘I don’t know if he knows the two little ones have lost their lives,’ Mr Arya said.
Police will allege that Brito was speeding when he lost control of the vehicle and veered onto the wrong side of the road and into a tree at the intersection of The Grand Parade and Culver Street.
The extent of the carnage was still visible on the tree on Saturday, with a large panel of bark missing, gouge marks etched into the trunk, and shards of glass embedded into the wood
The boys, who were sitting in the back seat, were freed from the wreckage and rushed to Sydney Children’s Hospital at Randwick where they died shortly afterwards.
The girl, who was sitting in the front passenger’s seat, was also taken to hospital for minor injuries.
Brito was taken to St George Hospital under police guard and remained there on Sunday.
Meanwhile, members of the community have flocked to the scene of the crash to pay their respects to the brothers who lost their lives.
A makeshift memorial has been erected at the base of the tree the car struck, with mourners leaving flowers and teddy bears.
The extent of the carnage was still visible on the tree on Saturday, with a large panel of bark missing, gouge marks etched into the trunk, and shards of glass embedded into the wood.
Meanwhile, members of the community have flocked to the scene of the crash to pay their respects to the brothers who lost their lives
Police are searching for a grey sedan (pictured) that was caught on CCTV speeding away from the scene
The impact of the crash was so intense that the engine from the Subaru Impreza was flung from the bonnet.
Police are investigating whether street racing was involved in the crash and are hunting a grey sedan they believe may have been involved in the incident.
CCTV captured a grey car driving away from the horror scene moments after the collision.
‘We’ll be seeking the assistance of members of the public to identify a grey sedan that was travelling in lane one around the time of the collision,’ NSW Police detective inspector Jason Hogan said.
Police are trying to determine whether the Subaru and grey sedan were street racing before the collision in their investigation.
Anyone with information, dash cam or CCTV is urged to contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.