Four young men die in Melbourne car crash, leaving ‘serious wound’ in society
A local leader said the deaths of four young men in a car crash in western Melbourne left an “absent wound in the community”.
the main points:
- Sheikh Imam Saeed and Rasma Belhan say the killing of four people, aged between 15 and 20, “made us lose ourselves”
- Two other young men are still fighting for life in the hospital
- The imam urged young people to reach out for support during the pandemic
A car carrying six people from the front crashed into a truck in Truganina Thursday evening.
Two occupants of the car died at the scene, while two others died while being transported to hospital.
Two other people are still fighting for their lives in the hospital.
Police said all the passengers were between 15 and 20 years old, and the driver was an unlicensed teenager.
“She left a wide wound in the community,” said Sheikh Imam Saeed and Rassamah Belhan, imam of Melbourne’s Grand Mosque in Trojanina.
Investigators from the Major Collision Investigations Unit are still looking into the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.
Yesterday, investigators said there were suggestions of improper speed and driving, and that none of the car’s occupants were wearing a seat belt.
“It is a very testing time, and in the midst of this pandemic which has been a difficult time for all of us, to add fuel to the fire, you have a crisis like this now, where you are losing a group of young people,” the imam said.
He said that the mosque reached out to the families of those involved to provide support, within the restrictions of the closure.
The identities of the people involved in the incident have not been released, but it is understood that they were friends who were traveling together.
Sheikh Belhan encouraged young people who faced difficulties during the pandemic to reach out to support networks.