– 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


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