‘Fatal accident’ claims six-year-old, mother of three killed in ‘very bad’ crash
A “very bad” accident involving a dog and two adults in a “very good” car in Melbourne’s west has claimed six-years-old and her mother, a six-month-old baby, a toddler and the three adults in the vehicle.
The incident happened just after 11.30am (AEDT) on Sunday at a road near Maroochydore, about 45 kilometres (30 miles) east of Melbourne’s CBD, police said.
“It appears the three children were in the rear of the car, the driver was at fault and the two adults were involved in a very bad accident,” Detective Superintendent Nick O’Connor said.
Police have launched a formal investigation into the death of the six-week-old’s mother, who is a six month-old.
“The child’s mother and the child’s father were in good health, were attending to the child and had no concerns about their welfare,” Detective Inspector O’Neill said.
The driver, a 36-year old woman, had not been formally charged, but was facing the death penalty, Inspector O.N. O’Sullivan said.
It was not clear whether the woman had a previous conviction for driving while intoxicated.
The six-hour collision happened on a rural road near a busy pedestrian crossing near Marooners Point in Marooching, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of Melbourne.
Emergency services and the coroner’s office are investigating.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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