UPDATE: 2.55pm, Wednesday, 7 October
A TEENAGER was killed on Tuesday in a single-car crash in Mount Evelyn, and police are calling on witnesses to come forward.
Police believe that a black, 1998 Holden Commodore was travelling south on Hereford Road, Mount Evelyn, at 6.15pm on Tuesday, 6 October, when the driver, a 22-year-old Mount Evelyn woman, lost control and crashed the car into a pole.
In a media conference at 2pm today, Major Collision Investigation Unit (MCIU) Sergeant, Gerard Clanchy said that a 16-year-old girl was killed in the crash.
All of the other occupants of the car, including an 18-year-old man, a 22-year-old man, a 23-year-old woman, a 26-year-old woman, a 16-year-old girl and a 21-year-old man on the back seat, were injured and taken to various hospitals.
Sgt Clanchy said the girl who was killed was sitting on the lap of a 26-year-old man, who was in the passenger seat and is now in a critical condition.
The driver was on her Probationary 2 (green P-Plates) licence, and is in a critical condition.
Sgt Clanchy said the commodore went around a bend on the wrong side of the road, clipping another car before the driver lost control and hit the pole.
“It’s irresponsible behaviour,” he said.
“We are very lucky that there’s not more seriously injured or deceased people involved.
“It’s exasperating – young people losing their lives under any circumstances is a waste to the community, and obviously very tragic for the families involved.”
The car had no registration plates at the time of the crash, and Yarra Ranges Highway Patrol Leading Senior Constable (LSC), Scott Lardner said the car was allegedly seen around Lillydale Lake before the incident.
LSC Lardner said the car was on an unregistered vehicle permit at the time.
“Realistically, it’s been used outside of those conditions – but that’s the least of the worries at this time,” he said.
“We were obviously concerned with getting the young people out and getting them medical attention.”
He said that police were investigating whether speed, drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash, and that few details could be confirmed so soon after the crash.
Describing the crash like a “TAC ad”, LSC Lardner said there had been a “huge” ripple effect, on the families of those involved in the crash and the neighbours who came to help those in the car.
Sgt Clanchy said that passengers were spoken to on the night, and that “evidence” of alcohol was in the car, but that no charges had yet been laid.
He praised the efforts of neighbours who put out a fire in the car after the crash and said their actions may have saved the occupant’s lives.
“Those people have acted very courageously,” he said.
“No doubt if the car had of caught fire, there would have been more of those killed inside.”
Anyone who may have any information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or to submit a confidential crime report to www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.
The road toll stands at 192 deaths, two more deaths than at the same time last year.