Original story ABC News September 17, 2016
A TEENAGE driver trying to avoid a booze bus killed himself and his two-year-old daughter in a fiery car crash in Tasmania on Thursday night.
Ruby Rose Peart was trapped in her car seat as fire engulfed the wreckage of the car her father Alex Peart, 19, slammed into a power pole at Sorrel, north of Hobart, just before 10pm Thursday.
Ruby Rose Peart was trapped in her car seat as flames engulfed the car. The impact of the collision tore the Holden Vectra in two. Mr Peart and Ruby’s mother Xanna Rose Weavell were thrown from the front of the car, which killed Mr Peart instantly.
But in the severed rear of the wreckage, Ruby remained strapped in her car seat. Shortly after the crash, it erupted in flames. Emergency services arrived too late to reach the toddler and she perished as flames engulfed the car. Ms Weavell survived the crash and was taken to Royal Hobart Hospital, for treatment to injuries police at the scene said were not life-threatening.
The Mercury reports police were doing random breath tests at a roundabout on the Tasman Highway when a Holden Vectra driven by Mr Peart did a U-turn and began speeding in the opposite direction, overtaking other vehicles.