1. Newlyweds killed in horrific hit-and-run, with two teenagers facing charges for “abhorrent” actions and fleeing the scene.
Tributes are flowing in for newlyweds – identified by media as Matt Goland and Bita Zaeim – who were killed in a horrific hit and run in Melbourne over the weekend.
Meanwhile, the teenagers – aged 19 and 15 – allegedly responsible for the crash are facing court.
WATCH: The couple were only minutes from home when they were struck, from Seven News.
Bita, 32, was driving a Holden Commodore in Wantirna South shortly after midnight, her 38-year-old husband right there beside her.
At the same time, two teenagers – 19-year-old Boronia man Eric Victorsen and a 15-year-old Belgrave girl – were driving a stolen Lexus 4WD that they’d taken from a Lysterfield house on Wednesday night or Thursday morning.
Police say they travelled at “horrendous speeds” and ran a red light before crashing into a Holden Commodore in Wantirna South shortly after midnight, AAP reports.
Both teenagers survived the wreckage, managing to crawl out of their vehicle. Instead of checking on the people they’d so horrifically harmed, the two ran from the scene, Seven News reports, and security guards at a nearby club gave chase – to no avail.
Matt died at the scene, and Bita was taken to hospital where she later died, too. They had only been married for 12 months.
“So shocked to hear about this,” one man commented on Facebook.
“One of the nicest guys you could ever meet with such a bright future. RIP Matt.”
Another woman commented: “She was a lovely young woman. A loss we won’t get back.”
One of the dead couple’s parents visited the Wantirna South crash site on Saturday morning.
“I’ve seen some pretty terrible incidents, this is probably up there. I’ve been able to explain how the collision occurred but I can’t tell her why. This behaviour is just abhorrent,” Sup McGregor said, AAP reports.
“Dealing with them and talking to them and seeing that state of shock, you never want to see that.”
The teenagers are currently receiving medical treatment under police guard after they were arreste at a Belgrave home about 1.15pm on Saturday.
Acting Superintendent Stuart McGregor told reporters the “abhorrent” events seemed to be “a bit of a game” for the teenagers.
“There’s nothing fun about this, this is not a game, this is real life, this is where people have died and this is where people will be going to jail,” he told reporters.
“Everyone in the community just cannot understand how someone can think it’s right to travel at speed – horrendous speeds – through a red light and then when you know you’ve done so much damage to another car, to another person, to two people, to think of themselves and just flee.”
Victorsen, 19, has been charged with two counts of culpable driving and stealing a $170,00 Lexus SUV.
He did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody to re-appear in court on April 24.