A Sydney teenager killed in a tragic Christmas Eve crash following a police pursuit has been identified, as the P-plate driver is charged.

Nicholas Hoenselaars, 18, was the front-seat passenger in a Mitsubishi Lancer that was detected allegedly speeding on Thursday night.

The vehicle was pursued by police and a short time later the Lancer struck a power pole on Eastwood Road, Leppington, throwing both occupants from the car.

Nicholas died at the scene.
Nicholas died at the scene. Credit: Facebook

The impact was so severe that the car was split in two.

Nicholas died at the scene while the driver, also aged 18, was taken to hospital under police guard.

He has since been charged with nine offences including aggravated dangerous driving occasioning death while escaping pursuit, failing to stop and speeding.

He was refused bail to face Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday.

 

‘Great sadness’

News of Nicholas’s death has rocked the local community, with friends and relatives seen visiting the site of the crash on Christmas Day.

Local football clubs, which the 18-year-old was involved with, paid tribute to him on social media.

A shirt pinned to a power pole at the crash site.
A shirt pinned to a power pole at the crash site. Credit: Bonnyrigg FC/Facebook

“It is with great sadness to hear we lost our beloved U15s coach Nicholas who tragically passed away last night,” Bonnyrigg FC said.

A Bonnyrigg FC shirt was seen pinned to a power pole at the crash site, bearing the words: “RIP Nicholas. From your brothers – BFC.”

Southern Districts Football Association said Nicholas was a “footballer, referee and all round young man”.

“Nicholas had a massive soft heart who had time for everyone,” Sydney City Eagles wrote.

The 18-year-old has been remembered by friends.
The 18-year-old has been remembered by friends. Credit: Southern Districts Football Association/Facebook

“He will be sorely missed.”

Friends also remembered the young man.

“Just not something you (want to) heart on any day let alone Christmas Day,” one friend said on social media.

Mourners gathered at the site on Christmas Day.
Mourners gathered at the site on Christmas Day. Credit: 7NEWS

“Still in shock... (losing) one of my childhood best mates will always be one of the hardest days.”

Police have said a critical incident team will investigate all circumstances surrounding the crash and the investigation will be subject to independent review, with all information provided to the coroner.

- With AAP

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