The deaths of four youths in a car crash in west Melbourne have left “a gaping wound in the community”, a local official said.
- Sheik Imam Saeed Warsama Bulhan said the deaths of four people aged 15 to 20 “have brought our own mortality before us”
- Two other youths are still fighting while alive in the hospital
- The Imam urged the youth to reach out for support during the pandemic
A sedan carrying six people collided with a truck in Truganina on Thursday night.
Two of the occupants of the car died at the scene of the crash, while two others died when they were taken to hospital.
Another two people are still fighting while alive in hospital.
Police said the occupants were all aged 15 to 20, and the driver was an unlicensed teenager.
“It leaves a gaping wound in the community,” said Sheik Imam Saeed Warsama Bulhan, the Imam of the Melbourne Grand Mosque in Truganina.
Detectives from the Major Collision Investigation Unit are still looking into the events surrounding the tragedy.
Investigators said yesterday there were suggestions of speed and inappropriate driving, and none of the people in the vehicle were wearing seatbelts.
“It’s a very testing time and, in the midst of this pandemic that’s been a difficult time for all of us, to add fuel to the fire, you have a crisis like this right now, where a group of young people , a loss of life, it’s just horrible, ”the Imam said.
He said the mosque reached out to the families of those involved to provide support, within lockdown restrictions.
The identities of the people involved in the crash have not yet been made public, but it is understood they were friends traveling together.
Sheik Bulhan urged youths experiencing hardship during the pandemic to get in touch with supporting networks.