Tribute to ‘angel’ as police blunt warning

Jacqueline Vodden, 16, was a passenger in the van, which was allegedly driven by a 17-year-old man faster than 100km/h when it collided with a parked truck on Tuesday afternoon at Ballan, Victoria west.

The force of impact tore off the roof of the van like the opening “the box”, and sent debris scattered for hundreds of metres along the Western highway. The police had been chasing the van in the minutes before the crash.

The 17-year-old then allegedly stole a car and fled the scene. He was arrested in Ballarat about three hours later.

Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer said it was a “hard core of young people, that this fast and furious mentality of living only for the moment — and this is an example, where he is still alive, and killed his friend.”

The result was an incredible level of “carnage,” he said.

Jacqueline have honours leaving Vodden friends online.

The police wanted to speak to the 17-year-old about a home invasion that saw him in the vicinity of Ballan, which sparked a four-minute pursuit.

“There seems to be a core element who think they can run, the police, and give it a crack and this is an example, it’s just not worth it,” Mr fryer Melbourne radio station 3AW said.

“Her family is devastated,” he added.

Jacqueline’s mother Naomi Vodden released an emotional tribute to their daughter online, saying, “I just want my baby.”

Friends left their own Tribute to Jacqueline, you are remembered as a “beautiful angel”.

“I’m a loss for words … they were wrote, taken to soon, God gained another beautiful angel, we had missed a fair few memories,” a young man.

The remains of the van crash. Picture: Channel 9.

Jacqueline Vodden was a passenger in a van that was allegedly stolen.

“Fly high you beautiful girl … I love you so much,” said another friend wrote.

Another referred to the circumstances of the crash. “The saddest part is that you think died, he was her friend, and she died alone.”

A similar post said: “you do not have us live, you realize the price of the road, is not worth a life, worth the pain we all feel! Rest in peace beautiful.”

The 17-year-old was out-of-sessions court hearing on Wednesday afternoon where he was charged with culpable driving, dangerous driving, death, behavior, risk of life, theft, motor vehicle, aggravated burglary, burglary, and other crimes caused.

He was in custody, a children’s court to appear at a later date.

andrew.koubaridis@news.com.au