The family of 17-year-old Calvin Wijeweera opens up about the tragedy of the Carlingford crash

The sister of a teenager who was hit by a car in north-west Sydney last week has spoken out about the tragedy and said she is “proud” of her brother, who had big dreams.

Calvin Wijeweera, 17, was walking with a friend to a shopping center in Carlingford last Thursday when he was hit by a car and pinned under a van on Rembrandt Street.

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His friend, another 17-year-old boy, was injured and taken to the hospital.

Calvin Wijeweera, 17 years old. Recognition: Magennis, Molly/7NEWS

The driver of the vehicle, a 90-year-old woman, had to be cut from her Mitsubishi Lancer sedan, which crashed into the side of a van after hitting a tree.

She was taken to the hospital to undergo mandatory tests.

Calvin’s family came to Australia from Sri Lanka in 2008 in search of a better life. The 17-year-old student dreamed of becoming an engineer.

It is unclear whether the 90-year-old will be charged with the accident. Recognition: 7NEWS

His sister Ovindi Wijeweera was abroad when she found out what happened to her younger brother.

“On the flight back to Sydney, I kept thinking I was waking up from this nightmare,” she told 7NEWS.

“I came home and walked through the door and my mum and dad just sobbed.

“He had (a) clear goals that he wanted to achieve. I was very proud and still am.”

“He had (a) clear goals that he wanted to achieve. I was very proud and still am,” Ovindi Wijeweera said of her younger brother. Recognition: Magennis, Molly/7NEWS
Calvin Wijeweera’s family immigrated to Australia from Sri Lanka in 2008. Recognition: Magennis, Molly/7NEWS

Now questions are being asked as to why the 90-year-old was allowed to sit behind the wheel. She has not been charged.

“It is a tragic incident,” said Superintendent Robert Toynton.

“Of course the crash investigation unit will piece together and piece together what happened.”

In NSW, people over 85 must pass a driving test every two years.

However, some older drivers can apply for a modified driver’s license that will allow them to drive in familiar areas. This modified license does not require a test.

“It’s not hate,” Ovindi said.

“It’s just, how do you allow a 90-year-old woman to drive?”

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