Two teenagers have been arrested following a “horrendous” fatal hit-and-run in an allegedly stolen 4WD that killed a recently married couple in Melbourne early on Saturday.
Police arrested a 19-year-old man from Boronia, and a 15-year-old girl from Belgrave – both in Melbourne’s outer east – at a home in Belgrave early on Saturday afternoon.
The pair, who fled the scene of the accident, are reportedly under police guard in hospital while they are being teated for injuries sustained in the crash.
Police earlier said they believed the teenage occupants of the Lexus 4WD would have “significant injuries” and should turn themselves in before officers find them.
Acting Superintendent Stuart McGregor said the two teenagers allegedly drove the car at “horrendous speeds” and ran a red light before crashing into a Holden Commodore in Wantirna South soon after midnight. Police said the Lexus had flipped at least once before coming to rest about 20 metres from the intersection.
The 38-year-old male passenger of the Commodore died at the scene while the 32-year-old female driver was taken to hospital where she later died from her injuries.
The couple, identified as Matt Goland, 38, and Bita Zaeim, 32, were only minutes from the home in The Basin, in Melbourne’s outer east, when their lives were snuffed out. They had been married for only 12 months.
The Lexus was stolen during an aggravated burglary at a Lysterfield house on either Wednesday night or Thursday morning as the home’s occupants were asleep. Police could not confirm if the teenagers arrested were responsible for the theft.
Superintendent McGregor told reporters at the scene the “abhorrent” events seemed to be “a bit of a game” for the teenagers.
“There’s nothing fun about this, this is not a game, this is real life, this is where people have died and this is where people will be going to jail,” he told reporters at the scene of the crash on Saturday.
“Everyone in the community just cannot understand how someone can think it’s right to travel at speed – horrendous speeds – through a red light and then when you know you’ve done so much damage to another car, to another person, to two people, to think of themselves and just flee.”
The parents of one of the deceased visited the Wantirna South crash site on Saturday morning.
“I’ve seen some pretty terrible incidents, this is probably up there. I’ve been able to explain how the collision occurred but I can’t tell her why. This behaviour is just abhorrent,” Superintendent McGregor said.
“Dealing with them and talking to them and seeing that state of shock, you never want to see that.”
The road toll stands at 64 for 2018, compared with 78 for the same time last year.