Bloodied survivors of a horror crash that killed their friend – who was possibly playing “chicken” with oncoming cars – posed for a “disgraceful” selfie in hospital.
Shania McNeill’s friends have been condemned for the photo which shows both wearing neck braces and one with blood smeared on her injured face.
In a Snapchat video recorded moments before she was killed in the head-on crash, Shania, 21, is seen singing to loud music and driving in the wrong lane of traffic.
One of her friends is heard screaming as an oncoming car’s headlights beam in their direction – and police are now probing whether Shania was playing “chicken” or deliberately swerving at other drivers.
Shania’s ex-boyfriend Joel Bentley has condemned her friends over the selfie taken after the fatal crash in Sydney, Australia in the early hours of Sunday morning.
He told the Daily Telegraph: “It’s disgraceful. If your friend’s just died in hospital, who the hell takes a photo?
“(Shania) had to be cut out of the car. It’s not the time to be taking selfies and posting them all over social media.”
The friends – named in Australian media reports as Hazel Wildman and Fraeda Hunter – snapped the hospital selfie just hours after the deadly crash as they recovered from their injuries.
Faeda, who was in the front passenger seat, is said to have posted the Snapchat video.
A third woman in Shania’s car and two men in the other car – the 61-year-old driver and a 39-year-old passenger – also survived with injuries.
Shania died at the scene after she was pulled from the wreckage and given CPR by a passer-by.
Her grief-stricken father Lee McNeill said her mother Tennille is due to give birth to Shania’s fifth sibling – a baby brother – on Thursday.
He has urged drivers not to use their phones following the tragic death of his eldest child.
Mr McNaill, from Gold Coast, told 9 News: “It was that knock at the door that every parent dreads… you know 3.30, four o’clock in the morning, that pounding on the door, that sound down the hall… it’s going to haunt me for the rest of my life.
“I just wish I could have told her I love her.”
Shania’s final moments were captured in a Snapchat video that has gone viral on the internet.
Her father said of the footage posted online: “I think it was reckless of them all to be sort of distracting each other.”
Police have condemned the actions as “dangerous” and “unacceptable”.
The force continues to probe the crash and hasn’t ruled out the use of alcohol or drugs.
The Snapchat story shows Shania and her friends throughout the night – dancing and fooling around in a toilet, and in her Suzuki car, where Shania is seen drinking from a tin can while the vehicle is parked.
The video then shows her driving in the middle of two lanes while singing to loud music.
At the end of the clip, a friend screams “Shania” as the car drives in the wrong lane towards an approaching Nissan Micra.
Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander Assistant Commissioner Michael Corbody told reporters: “The most disturbing thing with the video is her family and parents will have to look at that video now.
“The fact it’s gone online, the fact they have to live with that, is disturbing.”
Ryan Archer, who described himself as a “friend of a friend” of Shania, shared the video on Facebook , and said he took it down after receiving “threats and abuse”.
He wrote: “At least its gone viral, and the truth about the night is now out there.
“If you see any of your friends acting in a dangerous manner, do something about it. No more lives need to be lost due to stupidity.”
Mr Archer told Daily Mail Australia that witnesses told him they saw Shania driving towards oncoming cars.
He added: “A few people I’ve spoken to almost got run off the road by her.”
A driver told the Daily Telegraph he was driving on the same road moments before the fatal crash, and a car had deliberately swerved towards his vehicle.
He added: “The first car closest to me moved over onto my side of the road. It was a violent swerve towards me… quite intentional.”
He claimed the car seemed to take a “second swipe” at his vehicle.
A GoFundMe page has been set up by Shania’s aunt to help the family pay for funeral expenses.
The page reads: “This is my beautiful niece Shania.
“She was tragically lost suddenly to us [on Sunday].
“If you saw the news yesterday her friends summed her up perfectly and we thank them….Shania was ‘One of a kind’.
“Her beautiful smile will be missed by all who knew and loved her.”
Her aunt adds: “I set up this page as funeral costs are expensive and my beautiful sister Tennille and my wonderful brother-in-law Lee need your help.
“They are due to have baby number 5 in a week, a little brother that Shania was very excited to meet and love.”