Highway death

First appeared in The Moorabool News, September 24 2017

A 17-year-old has been charged following a fatal crash and high-speed chase in Ballan last week.

The crash occurred on the Western Highway at around 2:30pm on Tuesday (September 19). It is alleged the driver was involved in multiple aggravated burglaries in Ballarat earlier that day.

Police say they spotted the boy driving a stolen Toyota HiAce, known to police, in Ballan. Lights and sirens were activated in an attempt to intercept the driver, who did not stop and instead proceeded, west bound, onto the Western Highway at significant speeds.

After a short pursuit, the vehicle hit a stationary truck located in the emergency lane on the highway, killing a 16-year-old female passenger.

Following the crash, the boy immediately fled the scene in a second stolen vehicle, which he drove to a Wendouree property, where he was later arrested.

In an out of sessions court hearing on Wednesday evening, the boy was charged with culpable driving, dangerous driving causing death, conduct endangering life, theft of motor vehicle, aggravated burglary, burglary and other offences.

Speaking at the scene of the crash, Assistant Commissioner for Road Policing, Doug Fryer said the accused made a conscious decision not to stop when police indicated to do so.

“This is a tragedy that just didn’t need to happen,” he said.

The boy has been remanded to appear at a Children’s Court at a later date.

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