– The teenage survivor of a horror crash yesterday morning has described how he held his mate’s hands in his final moments, pleading with him to survive.
Sale men Peter Clarke, 18, and Daniel Marinovich, 23, died when they were flung from the tray of an overloaded Ford utility as it rolled into a paddock on the Traralgon-Maffra Road at Glengarry at 2:40am.
Ashley La Rose, 19, who was in the cabin with three mates, gave the Sunday Herald Sun an emotional blow-by-blow account of the high-speed accident.
“We were just cruising along and one of the back tyres blew out, we snaked and slid up the road, did a 180, slid into the side of the drain, rolled into the fence took out half a tree and landed on the roof, ” Mr La Rose said as he fought back tears yesterday.
“Everyone was moaning and groaning, I climbed over and pulled open the door.
“We realised there were two others. We found the first guy, he was in quite a mess. Then a few steps later we found Peter.”
Mr La Rose said he was indebted to a passerby who began CPR on Mr Clarke before paramedics took over.
“I just laid beside him,holding his hand, screaming at him, saying ‘you can do this’…but then his heart rate started going down.”
Mr Clarke’s heartbroken mum, Kirsten, said she had phoned her beautiful son hours before the crash to say she loved him.
She said the news of her son’s death had left her paralysed.
Childhood friend Darcy Balhas said a group of friends last night gathered for a barbecue in memory of their mate.
Detective Sergeant David Newman said police believed the vehicle carrying six passengers reached at least 164 km/h when it spun out of control, and that alcohol was possibly involved.
He said a 19-year-old Traralgon man, believed to be the driver, was arrested after being treated in hospital, and was last night being interviewed by police – Angus Thompson


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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