Teen faces court for fatal hit-run crash

Police allege Eric Victorsen, 19 years old, stole $170,000 Lexus 4-wheel-drive which ploughed into Matt Goland and Bita Zaeim of the car at approximately 1am on Saturday.

The teenager, from Boronia, is today accused of two counts of culpable driving over their dead and a number of stealing a car.

A 15-year-old co-accused, charged with two counts of culpable breach of conduct as an accessory after the fact and one count of theft of a motor vehicle, is yet to face the court.

Mr. Victorsen has appeared at the Melbourne Magistrates Court this afternoon, but made no bail application.

Wearing a red shirt, it appeared that he had been crying.

The court heard Victorsen had already been diagnosed with an acquired brain injury and an intellectual disability.

He will be placed in detention on remand and to appear before the court by videolink on Tuesday.

Earlier, friends and neighbours gathered to lay flowers and cards at the scene of the incident.

The Police had been hunting the occupants of a so-called flight of Lexus SUV since the collision at the intersection of Boronia and Stud Rd at 1am on Saturday.

Matt Goland, aged 38, and his wife, Bita Zaeim, 32, had only been married for 12 months and were on their way home to The Basin to less than 10 miles when they were killed in the crash.

Flowers at the scene of the horror crash. Picture: Sarah Matray

The two teenagers managed to climb from the wreckage and is believed to have fled the scene, despite the efforts of witnesses, to hold them.

But after 12 hours of hunting to the man, the girl and a 19-year-old man were arrested in a house in Belgrave and detained by the police, of the night guard.

Mr. Goland’s distraught parents visited the scene of the accident to Wantirna South yesterday, as they struggled to come to terms with the tragedy. They spent 20 minutes being guided through the scene by the police, with the debris from the impact scattered across the intersection of Stud and Boronia roads.

Friends and neighbours laid flowers in tribute to the couple.

Neighbor Liz Smart said it was a tragedy.

“It could have been one of us,” she said. “The law really needs to change. There will be no justice for this family.”

Wantirna South local David Armstrong brought his son to pay tribute to the couple, even though they had never met.

“It is tragic, your thoughts are with the parents and you think of your own family,” he said.

Matt Goland died at the scene.

Bita Zaeim was transported to The hospital with Alfred, but later died.

The passenger in the Holden died at the scene. Photo: Nicole Garmston

CCTV shows a man running toward the Lexus, as a teenager who goes out and runs from the car. Photo: Supplied

A police officer helps a woman throw flowers to the stage. Photo: Nicole Garmston

A lady arrives to lay flowers at the scene. Photo: Nicole Garmston

It is estimated Ms. Zaeim of the family were on a flight to Melbourne last night.

The beloved couple from The Basin of the married in Bali last May.

Acting superintendent Stuart McGregor said to speak to Mr. Goland parents has been one of the most difficult things he had done in his career.

“I had to stand at the intersection with the parents of one of the deceased, I was able to explain how it took place, but why not,” superintendent McGregor said. “This behavior is abhorrent. The members of the community can understand why.

“The image of the mom and dad of the human passenger will probably stay with me for the rest of my life.”

The man and his wife were believed to be on their way home. Photo: Nicole Garmston

The theft of the Lexus has since been towed from the intersection. Photo: Nicole Garmston

The theft of the Lexus remained on the scene to Wantirna South. Photo: Nicole Garmston

The couple in the Holden Commodore had only been married for 12 months. Photo: Nicole Garmston

Andrew, one of the leaders of the proximity to the Knox Club, said CCTV given to police showed the theft of the Lexus to travel to the south at an incredible speed.

The car then flipped several times before landing upright. A person can then be seen jumping out of the car.

“They have not looked back, just jumped and ran,” he said.

The security guards tried to stop the pair as they fled.

A passerby managed to grab a jacket from the girl before she and the man fled down Stud Rd.

The Lexus was stolen by three people in Lysterfield for the night of Wednesday.

The security of the Knox Club gave chase as the teens in the Lexus fled. Photo: Nicole Garmston

The owner of the stolen Lexus posted on Facebook saying that his car had been stolen at his home in Lysterfield. Photo: Nicole Garmston

A young couple has died after a stolen Lexus crashed into their Holden Commodore. Photo: Nicole Garmston

The car then flipped several times before landing upright. A person can then be seen jumping out of the car.

Jake, who refused to give his surname, told the Sunday Herald Sun a motorist has been to warn the other drivers on the road about an erratic driver headed towards them.

“I saw a car of high transmission throughout the world to advance,” he said.

“Then an SUV has been done at least 50-60kmh on my way to the right goes to the opposite.

“I pulled over straight away and called the police.”

A woman has posted on Facebook saying his Lexus had been stolen from his home earlier this week. Photo: Nicole Garmston

The female driver in the Holden Commodore was transported to the hospital but later died.

A neighbour, who did not want to be named, said he heard a screech of brakes followed by a loud smash, before the police and the ambulance arrived a few minutes after the crash.

Other tests have been carried out by the Major collision Investigation Unit on-site in Wantirna South.




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