A 15-year-old girl is in a critical condition after a stolen car carrying four teens, aged as young as 13, was driven into a pole in Melbourne’s south-east.
- The car was reported stolen from Dandenong last week
- Three other occupants of the car, aged between 13 and 15, suffered minor injuries
- Police said the vehicle had been spotted earlier in the day being driven erratically
Police said the girl was in a car that crashed when the driver lost control while passing through a roundabout at Hampton Park about 5:30pm yesterday.
Three other occupants of the car, two boys and a girl aged between 13 and 15, were also taken to hospital with minor injuries.
The car involved, a gold Nissan Maxima, was reported stolen from Springvale on August 30, police said.
Police said the vehicle had been seen earlier in the day being driven erratically nearby.
Detective Sergeant Daryll Out said it appeared the teenagers were not wearing seat belts.
“One of the occupants in the car in particular has got a serious head injury as a result of it and obviously anybody who’s not wearing a seatbelt in a car may, if they’re involved in something like this, suffer life-threatening injuries as is the case with this particular matter.”
Sergeant Out said police were also investigating whether speed may have been a factor in the crash.
“What we’ll be looking into will be whether there’s any speed or inexperience that may have led to the collision with the kerb and the pole.”
He said police did not believe any other vehicles were involved in the crash.
Police are urging anyone with information about the incident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.