The car full of teenagers then crashed into a Toyota HiAce at the intersection of Garth Street.
Witness Nick Dupont told Nine News he kicked in the taxi’s back window and helped to extract some of the injured passengers. He said some of the teenagers who had been in the car were “traumatised”.
The taxi’s 46-year-old driver, a 42-year-old woman and Ms Wever were seriously injured in the crash, with Ms Wever remaining in a critical condition. The driver is in a serious but stable condition.
Three other men in the taxi, aged 28, 35 and 47, sustained minor injuries.
Two 14-year-old girls and a 17-year-old boy who were passengers in the Holden suffered serious injuries, while another 17-year-old male passenger sustained minor injuries.
The 17-year-old driver of the Holden also sustained minor injuries.
Police said the driver of the Holden was given a roadside breath test, which allegedly returned a positive result.
“He was taken to hospital, under police guard, where he underwent mandatory testing,” a police spokeswoman said.
“The teen has since been released and taken to Toronto Police Station, where he was charged with 15 offences.”
The boy was refused bail and will face a Children’s Court on Sunday.
He was charged with three counts of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, eight counts of causing bodily harm by misconduct, negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, driving while disqualified, and not stopping before lights at a red light.
“A critical incident team will now investigate all circumstances surrounding the crash,” the police spokeswoman said.
“That investigation will be subject to independent review.”
Friends and family of Ms Wever took to social media on Saturday to express their shock and disbelief and to ask people to pray for her recovery.
“This is devastating,” one friend said.
A relative wrote that Ms Wever is “the most beautiful human” and “we all just want you to wake up please”.
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Georgina Mitchell is a court reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.