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Dual-death driver allegedly ran light

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A young driver accused of causing a crash that killed two women in Melbourne’s north-west ran a red light and was travelling at more than 100kph before the accident, a court has been told.

Mohamad Hassan, 20, has been charged with culpable driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death over the crash at Attwood on Sunday night.

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Two women, Bozica Nikolic 56 and Subha Deumic 60, were killed.

Melbourne Magistrates’ Court heard Hassan, who lives in Tullamarine but is originally from Lebanon, drove through a red light at an intersection, before colliding with a smaller car and causing a catastrophic impact.

The court heard the crash was observed by one of the women’s daughters who was in a car behind them.

The speedometer of the car Hassan was driving was stuck on 130 (kph), while a dash-cam on another car clocked it at more than 100 (kph) in an 80km/h zone, the court was told.

The court heard he had previously been caught speeding but it was his first time in custody.

Hassan a ‘flight risk, at risk of reoffending’

Prosecutors opposed bail, arguing Hassan was a flight risk, even though his passport had expired.

But his defence lawyer said he had strong ties to his family in Victoria.

Magistrate Kay Robertson told the court: “There is a risk of flight, there is a risk of further offending,” but granted bail with a $40,000 surety.

She said that risk could be reduced with strict bail conditions, including that Hassan report to police three times a week.

The magistrate also banned him from driving or being in the front passenger seat of a vehicle.

“That includes on private property and it includes if the car is parked,” she told the court.

The case returns to court in September.