By Jacqueline Breen
The Darwin High School community is reeling following the death of two teenaged boys in a road incident in Darwin’s rural area.
A special assembly was held on Monday morning, barely 48 hours after Rhys Simlesa and Rhys Walters, both 15, were hit by a car and killed while walking along the Stuart Highway after leaving a party in Coolalinga in the early hours of Saturday.
Police will today interview the 17-year-old P-plate driver of the car but the ABC understands they do not expect to lay charges.
The incident was “the worst thing you could expect”, said Michael Duffy, chair of the Darwin High School board.
“Everybody is reeling, that’s the only way to describe it,” he said.
“Probably one of the best ways to deal with this is to go through the school day as it is planned and then be flexible enough to bring students out who need extra support.”
He said the Education Department had been consulted and there would be additional counsellors and support staff on hand at the school.
Family ‘absolutely broken’.
Bernard Simlesa expressed his shock at the loss of his “kid brother” and said his parents were “absolutely broken”.
“In his life we went from me changing his [nappies] as a baby to him stealing my clothes and using my clippers to shave his face,” he wrote on Facebook.
“He was a generous and caring kid and very mature for his age.
“He also had a great girlfriend who showed him what it was like to love and be loved.
“RIP my little brother, I love you.”
The exact circumstances surrounding the crash on the Stuart Highway in the early hours of Saturday morning remain unclear, but police said they did not believe drugs or alcohol were factors.
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