The tragic car crash that took the lives of Kaine Bell, 14, and his friend Brayden Collier, 13, has brought to light a disturbing connection to the past. It has been revealed that Kaine's father, Kaine John Alexander Bell, had previously spent time in jail for his involvement in an armed robbery that led to the death of a 19-month-old toddler.
In 2009, Bell and his accomplice, William Ngati, carried out two armed robberies in Sydney's west. They wore homemade balaclavas and used a gun they had found earlier that day. The pair managed to steal money from bottle shops and a man's wallet before attempting to flee in a van. However, a high-speed police chase ensued, resulting in a collision with the Sassine family's car at a speed of approximately 160km/h. Tragically, Skye Sassine, who was strapped into a capsule in the back seat, lost her life in the crash.
Although Bell pleaded guilty to multiple counts of armed robbery, he was not charged in relation to Skye's death. He served two years and three months in jail before being released in 2014. Ngati, on the other hand, received a 19-year prison sentence for manslaughter.
Following the recent car crash that claimed the lives of Kaine Bell and Brayden Collier, a GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help cover the funeral expenses. The campaign highlights Kaine's cheerful personality and his love for biking and fishing with his father. The family is devastated by the loss of their beloved boy.
Security footage captured immediately after the crash shows one of the alleged drivers, Nicholas Thew, vacating the wreckage and neglecting the injured children on the neighboring property. Thew and another individual were later arrested after evading police for approximately 24 hours.
Heartbroken over the loss of Kaine and Brayden, Thew's family revealed that the two men were considered surrogate big brothers to the boys. Kaine's untimely death has stunned the community, leaving friends and family grieving for the vibrant and adventurous young boy.
The authorities have not yet filed any charges in connection with the crash. As investigations unfold, the families of Kaine Bell, Brayden Collier, and Skye Sassine mourn the senseless loss of young lives and await justice for their loved ones.