Police check links between crash victims and thefts

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POLICE are investigating links between teenagers who died in a two-car collision at Cranbourne, Sunday afternoon 11 August, and thefts from cars and theft of a car at Hastings, Somerville and Safety Beach earlier in the weekend.

An 18-year-old Cranbourne woman and a 16-year-old Frankston boy died and three others were injured when the cars hit on the South Gippsland Highway, near Camms Road, about 4pm.

Somerville CIU’s Detective Senior Sergeant Eddie Logonder would not be drawn on details other than to say detectives were investigating whether the thefts and the crash were linked.

The driver of the stolen blue Commodore sedan allegedly tried to run away but was restrained by a passer-by until police arrived. The Frankston man, 20, is in hospital under police guard.

A 17-year-old Frankston North girl was in a critical condition Monday and an 18-year-old Baxter man was treated for minor injuries.

A 39-year-old woman was driving the other car. Her two passengers, girls aged six and nine, all from Lynbrook, were being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The Major Collision Investigation Unit is calling for witnesses or anyone with dash cam footage to contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at crimestoppersvic.com.au

First published in the Western Port Times – 14 August 2019

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