– 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