The deaths of four young people in a car crash in western Melbourne have “left a gaping wound in the community,” a local leader said.
Most important points:
- Sheik Imam Saeed Warsama Bulhan says the deaths of four people between the ages of 15 and 20 “brought our own mortality to us”
- Two other young people are still fighting for their lives in the hospital
- Imam urged young people to seek support during the pandemic
A sedan carrying six people collided head-on with a truck in Truganina on Thursday night.
Two of the car’s occupants died at the scene of the accident, while two others died when they were taken to hospital.
Two more people are still fighting for their lives in the hospital.
According to police, the occupants were all between 15 and 20 years old and the driver was a teenager without a driver’s license.
“It has left a gaping wound in the community,” said Sheikh Imam Saeed Warsama Bulhan, the imam of the Melbourne Grand Mosque in Truganina.
Detectives from the Major Collision Investigation Unit are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.
Investigators said yesterday that there were suggestions for speeding and inappropriate driving, and that none of the people in the car were wearing seat belts.
“It’s a very trying time and, in the midst of this pandemic, which has been a tough time for all of us, to add fuel to the fire, you now have a crisis like this where a group of young people, a loss of life, the is just terrible,” said the imam.
He said the mosque had contacted the families of those involved to provide support, within the constraints of the lockdown.
The identities of the people involved in the crash have not been released, but they are friends who traveled together.
Sheik Bulhan encouraged young people who are struggling during the pandemic to reach out to support networks.