The survivors of a horrifying car crash that killed their friend have broken their silence after a selfie they took in hospital drew horrified criticism.
Shania McNeill, 21, was filmed on Snapchat while singing and posing at the wheel as she swerved on the wrong side of the road in her Suzuki Baleno in April.
She died after crashing into a Nissan Micra at a junction in Sydney, Australia.
Five others were injured in the collision, including her two friends Hazel Wildman and Faeda Hunter, who were in the car with her.
Shortly after the car crash, they posted a controversial selfie in hospital, bloodied and wearing neck braces.
But now the pals say they had no idea Ms McNeill was dead when they posted the picture.
Ms Hunter told Australia's Sunday Night show host Alex Cullen: "When the selfie was posted, we were not aware of the condition of Shania.
“Messages were already coming through on my phone. People wanted to know what was going on, so I just put it out there to say, ‘We’re okay’. We thought Shania was fine. I even sent it to her Snapchat, as a personal message.
“She never opened it though.”
Ms McNeill's ex-boyfriend Joel Bentley condemned the two women over the selfie taken after the fatal crash.
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."
They also admitted they had a few drinks before they got into the car at around 12.30am.
“We just thought it was going to be a fun night. But things changed very quickly and drastically," Miss Hunter said.
“Sometimes I’m not fully aware of what I’m filming or where the camera’s pointing. I was filming her. We were encouraging her for a while … just having fun. Then it started to get scary.”
She claimed Ms McNeill deliberately started to drive on the wrong side of the road.
Ms Wildman added: "It was very reckless driving. Very stupid."
They also paid tribute to Ms McNeill, describing her as a "one-of-a-kind" who "brought life into the room as soon as she walked in".
But their interview has outraged Ms McNeill's family, who accused them of 'profiting' from her death.
Her father Lee McNeill told the Sunday Telegraph newspaper he had been approached by two TV networks for interviews but refused.
“I’ve got a box of ashes in my garage. It makes me sick to involve money,” he said.
“It’s nice to know the girls are profiting of my daughter’s death.
“I was approached by two networks but I didn’t sign anything. It makes me sick to involve money.”
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