Woman dead, pedestrian injured in separate New Year’s crashes

A woman has died after a car smashed into a parked vehicle in Sydney’s south-west just after midnight on New Year’s Day.
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Emergency services were called about 12.15am to Brunker Road in Yagoona following reports a car had hit another car.

A female passenger died, and another female passenger was rushed to Liverpool Hospital in a serious condition.

The driver suffered minor injuries, and was taken to Liverpool Hospital for treatment as well as mandatory blood and urine tests.

In a separate incident, a crash between a pedestrian and a taxi in Leichhardt about 3am left a man with head and leg injuries.

The pedestrian, believed to be a European tourist aged in his 20s, was taken to hospital after a crash. The taxi driver was not injured, and returned a negative result after a breath test at the scene, police said.

A 17-year-old boy was also seriously burned after fireworks exploded in the northern beaches suburb of Cromer Heights about 11.40pm on New Year’s Eve. He was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital.

Operation Narimba Commander, Assistant Commissioner Mark Walton said there were only a small number of incidents through the night, and he was pleased with people’s behaviour overall.

Operation Narimba saw police from numerous local area commands and specialised units work through the night and early morning after millions of people celebrated New Year’s festivities on Sydney’s waterfront and across the state.

“While the fireworks may have finished, we are urging the public that are continuing their celebrations into the morning to do so safely, look after your friends and please stop and think before you act,” he said.

“The safety of NSW residents is of the utmost importance to us, and we have police in the air, on our roads and on the water to ensure it is a good night to remember.”

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