Police yet to speak to young driver involved in double fatality collision

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UPDATE, Monday, 1.40pm: The 17-year-old female driver involved in a double fatality collision at Winslow late last month remains at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital in a stable condition. A hospital spokesman confirmed the teenager was still admitted at The Alfred: “and is in a stable condition.” Detective Sergeant Stephen Hill, of the Victoria Police major collision unit, said investigations in relation to the circumstances surrounding the collision were continuing. “We’ve still not had the ability to talk to the driver, although she’s out of the woods,” he said. “We’ll have to see how medically fit she is,” he said, when asked about when an interview was likely to take place. On August 30: Victoria Police major collision unit investigators are in the process of reconstructing a single-vehicle collision with a large tree which led to the deaths of two young people at Winslow last Thursday. Detective Sergeant Stephen Hill said a fawn Toyota Camry sedan was travelling south on the gravel Harry Goods Road about 3.40pm Thursday afternoon when it approached a small water crossing. He said the road narrowed and the Camry struck a large roadside tree. Kiara Drendel, 19, from Mailors Flat and Joel Moon, 16, from Warrnambool, died at the scene. Community mourns young lives lost in crash The driver, a 17-year-old Dennington female, remains at The Alfred Hospital in a critical but stable condition. She was trapped for about an hour before being removed from the car and flown to Melbourne. Detective Sergeant Hill said the impact was to the front of the Camry and the damage to the vehicle was extensive. “The cause is driver error, but the ultimate cause is still under investigation,” he said. “It’s a straight stretch of road that narrows. Why the driver lost control and hit the tree control is under investigation. “There were marks at the scene that indicate the vehicle was out of control. We are looking at those, to reconstruct the scene and see what it all means.” Police are also awaiting the result of a toxicology report and expect it will be some time before they can talk to the driver. Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. This is how you can access our trusted content:

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UPDATE, Monday, 1.40pm: The 17-year-old female driver involved in a double fatality collision at Winslow late last month remains at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital in a stable condition.

A hospital spokesman confirmed the teenager was still admitted at The Alfred: “and is in a stable condition.”

Detective Sergeant Stephen Hill, of the Victoria Police major collision unit, said investigations in relation to the circumstances surrounding the collision were continuing.

“We’ve still not had the ability to talk to the driver, although she’s out of the woods,” he said.

“We’ll have to see how medically fit she is,” he said, when asked about when an interview was likely to take place.

On August 30: Victoria Police major collision unit investigators are in the process of reconstructing a single-vehicle collision with a large tree which led to the deaths of two young people at Winslow last Thursday.

Detective Sergeant Stephen Hill said a fawn Toyota Camry sedan was travelling south on the gravel Harry Goods Road about 3.40pm Thursday afternoon when it approached a small water crossing.

He said the road narrowed and the Camry struck a large roadside tree.

Kiara Drendel, 19, from Mailors Flat and Joel Moon, 16, from Warrnambool, died at the scene.

The driver, a 17-year-old Dennington female, remains at The Alfred Hospital in a critical but stable condition.

She was trapped for about an hour before being removed from the car and flown to Melbourne.

Detective Sergeant Hill said the impact was to the front of the Camry and the damage to the vehicle was extensive.

“The cause is driver error, but the ultimate cause is still under investigation,” he said.

“It’s a straight stretch of road that narrows. Why the driver lost control and hit the tree control is under investigation.

“There were marks at the scene that indicate the vehicle was out of control. We are looking at those, to reconstruct the scene and see what it all means.”

Police are also awaiting the result of a toxicology report and expect it will be some time before they can talk to the driver.

Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. This is how you can access our trusted content:

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