Mother of three Tamika Wever was fighting for her life on Sunday night after suffering massive head injuries in a horror accident that left 10 other people in hospital.
Ms Wever, 24, was travelling home in a maxi-taxi with her fiance Dylan and friends when their vehicle was struck by a Holden Statesman that had allegedly just ran a red light at the intersection of Garth Street and Main Road, Edgeworth just after 1am on Saturday.
Shortly before the crash, police noticed the Holden leaving a service station on Main Road.
They did a U-turn and began following the vehicle due to its manner of driving.
The 17-year-old alleged driver of the Holden, which contained four other teens, was charged with 15 offences, including 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.
On this issue: Ten in hospital, one critically injured
He was refused bail on Sunday and will reappear in Children's Court on Monday.
A critical incident investigation that will examine all circumstances surrounding the crash has been launched.
Eleven people were taken to John Hunter Hospital following the crash.
They included the taxi's 46-year-old driver, a 42-year-old woman and Ms Wever. The driver remains 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.
Ms Wever's condition was described as critical on Sunday night.
Friend Angie Smalley has set up a GoFundMe page to support the family titled Prayers for Tamika.
"Tamika is a young amazing mum, always putting her babies first, always smiling, she is funny with an absolute gentle soul that did not deserve this today," she wrote.
"Dylan, a hard working, loving fiancé to Tamika was also injured in the accident and in hospital which means their three sons are being loved and looked after by their family members, not knowing why their mummy and daddy are not coming home to them and haven't been home for days."
A spokesperson Newcastle Taxis owner 13cabs said security camera footage would be provided to police.
"Our focus is now on ensuring the driver and passengers get the assistance and support they need. Our thoughts are with those, and those close to them, impacted by this awful event."
"13cabs is working closely with police to provide any information they need to assist them in their investigation. All 13cabs Taxis in Newcastle are fitted with security cameras to help keep passengers and drivers safe. We will as a priority ensure the investigating police get prompt access to the relevant footage."