One dead, three injured in Brighton East car accident

Fatal car crash

The scene of the fatal crash in East Brighton.
Source: Herald Sun

A HALLOWEEN party turned to tragedy last night when a 16-year-old boy was killed in a single-car rollover in Brighton East.

Three other teenagers were seriously injured in the smash on Cummins Rd just after 10pm – the second to claim a young life in less than 24 hours.

Ambulance Victoria said the Cheltenham teenager was dead when paramedics arrived, after being thrown from the overloaded Land Cruiser.

A Victoria Police spokeswoman said there were three other passengers in the car – making it seven in total – who were assisting officers with inquiries.

Witnesses said the car was hooning along the residential street just before the crash, with unconfirmed reports of drag racing.

The police spokeswoman said officers were investigating whether the vehicle had been stolen.

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“We’re investigating reports that the vehicle involved had allegedly been stolen from the East Burwood area a couple of days ago,” she said.

It was unclear if alcohol was a factor, the spokeswoman said.

Witnesses said the group of teens had left a nearby Halloween party shortly the crash happened. The carload was apparently on its way to another party in Moorabbin when the accident occurred.

Dozens of teenagers were on the street after the accident, with the covered body of the deceased teen and near-destroyed vehicle in the middle of the road.

One of the partygoers, David Ivey, said the party was in shock when told of the accident.

“The mum came in and said, ‘I’ve got an announcement. Apparently two people from this party have just died’,” the teen said.

David said the group involved in the accident were “good people”.

“I just shook his hand an hour ago and now he’s gone,” he said of the deceased teenager.

The 18-year-old male driver suffered life-threatening head injuries and was placed into an induced coma and taken to The Alfred Hospital.

A 16-year-old girl was admitted to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a serious condition after suffering a head injury, fractured right collarbone, suspected internal abdominal and spinal injuries.

And an 18-year-old girl is in a stable condition at The Alfred with lower leg fractures and a suspected fractured pelvis.

A friend of the deceased teenager said he was a “funny guy” as well as a budding artist.

“He was the funniest guy I’ve ever met, always up for a good time with the boys,” she said.

“He was a good artist, everybody loved him,” she said.

The fatality comes less than 24 hours after a teenage girl lost her life in a car accident in Nar Nar Goon.

Ebony Dunsworth, 16, was a passenger with four men in a car which appeared to have rolled at the intersection of Bessie Creek Rd and Princes Highway just after midnight yesterday.

In another horrific crash, four people died in a two-car collision northeast of Melbourne on Sunday night.

Two pre-school children died when the sedan they were travelling in drifted onto the wrong side of the road and was hit by a Range Rover on the Melba Hwy near Dixons Creek just before 9pm.

The children’s mother, a 26-year-old Benalla woman, was also killed along with her partner, a 35-year-old Ringwood man.

The teenager’s death in Brighton East brings this year’s state road toll to 230.

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