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Mother and teenage daughter killed in horrific Cranbourne East smash

9 August 2017 10:41 PM
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Mother and teenage daughter killed in horrific Cranbourne East smash

A mother and her teenager daughter were killed when a driver, who had been seen weaving through traffic, smashed into their car as they left a school car park in Melbourne's south-east last night.

Teenager Xinyu Yuan and her mother were leaving a parent-teacher conference at Lighthouse Christian College in Cranbourne East when their Toyota was struck by a Holden Commodore.

Their car was hit at high speed on the South Gippsland Highway by a car that was allegedly driving erratically and overtaking vehicles.

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Their car was hit at high speed on the South Gippsland Highway by a car that was allegedly driving erratically and overtaking vehicles.

They were pulling out of the car park, about to turn onto the South Gippsland Highway near Devon Road, when they were hit.

The teen was in Year 8 at the school, according to Channel Nine. Her mother was in her 40s.

Principal Jacob Mathews told Channel Nine the school community was "gutted" by the death of the "clever" student.

"She was a lovely girl. She was just so gentle and so good. She was a very kind young girl and very clever. We will miss her," he said.

"It's affected us very deeply. Many of the staff are crying. She was one of our daughters. She joined us last year."

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Channel Seven is reporting Xinyu's father was unable to attend parent teacher interviews because he was working and rushed to the scene when he heard of the accident.

Mr Mathews had reportedly been campaigning for the speed limit outside the school to be reduced from 100km/h to 80 or 60 km/h.

Police say the other driver, a man in his 20s, was seen overtaking a number of vehicles on the highway before the crash occurred about 7.20pm on Wednesday.

Detective Senior Sergeant Gerard Clanchy said witnesses had told investigators the driver of the Holden was seen weaving through traffic.

"We had some reports that the silver Holden Commodore was seen overtaking vehicles on the South Gippsland Highway prior to the crash and we'd appeal for any other drivers or witnesses who made these observations to contact Crime Stoppers right away," he told Channel Nine.

The man had to be cut from the wreckage and was taken to The Alfred hospital in a serious condition.

Police will investigate whether speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.

The Cranbourne East crash is the latest in a string of deadly collisions, with six people in as many days dying on Victoria's roads.

"Too often, police are seeing carelessness or recklessness leading to tragedy on the road," Assistant Commissioner Tim Hansen said.

"In all of these collisions, police are investigating whether speed and or impairment were a factor in the collisions."

On Sunday, a 23-year-old man was killed when his car left the road in Dandenong North.

On Saturday, two men aged 28 and 27 died in separate crashes when their cars left the road at Morwell and Stratford. And on Friday, an 87-year-old woman was killed when a ute and car collided in Reservoir.

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