– The family of a woman who sped towards oncoming freeway traffic before a horrendous crash have told of their grief at the tragedy. They said Sarah Houlihan  – one of five people to die in Saturday morning’s smash – was a loving and caring person who was respected as a natural therapist.

Specialist smash investigators are trying to work out why Ms Houlihan drove the wrong way along the Princes Highway before a horrific collision at Lara.

Casey Valetic, 24, of Hoppers Crossing, Melissa Parry, 23, of Werribee, and Brad Dickson and Nathan Kerr, both 23, of Werribee, were killed when the car  in which they were travelling was hit  by Ms Houlihan’s BMW. They had been returning home from a night out in Geelong when their Subaru and the BMW collided.

A statement from Ms Houlihan’s family expressed sympathy for everyone affected by the accident.

Ms Houlihan, from Roxburgh Park, was a qualified naturopath, homeopath and nutritionist.

Two other people who were travelling in the Subaru were taken to the Alfred Hospital by ambulance. One was last night listed as being in a critical condition and the other as stable.

It remains unclear why the 32-year-old Ms Houlihan was travelling at what witnesses said were speeds of up to 150 km/h.

Motorists headed towards Melbourne were forced to dodge the BMW as it made its way south.

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives are interviewing witnesses who were on the freeway when the smash happened and in the period beforehand – Mark Butter & Erin Pearson


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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