Vehicle theft charges after fatal crash

WRECK: The sedan
WRECK: The sedan

A MAN has been charged with car theft and attempted car theft following a fatal crash at Bowser. 

Wangaratta man Garrett Boak, 19, died when an allegedly stolen car crashed on Federation Way about 2.45am on Thursday. 

A 20-year-old man, who was also in the vehicle, was released from Wangaratta hospital on Tuesday and was arrested. 

He was charged with the alleged theft of the sedan from Wahgunyah, which rolled several times in the fatal crash. 

He has also been charged with other matters alleged to have occurred in Melbourne. 

Police would not comment on who was driving the vehicle, which crashed near the Back Estcourt Road turnoff outside of Wangaratta. 

“That’s still part of our ongoing investigation,” Acting Sergeant Patrick Murray said. 

The 20-year-old will face Wangaratta Magistrates Court on May 29. 

The smash was one of several concerning incidents in the region, including the death of a 69-year-old Mt Beauty man on the Snow Road.

The man failed to negotiate an intersection on Wednesday, hit a tree, and died from his injuries in hospital two days later. 

Police also caught drivers at 192km/h, 181km/h and 152km/h at the weekend during Operation Nexus. 

“It hasn’t been a good Easter,” Acting Sergeant Murray said. 

“There will be a high visibility police presence in the lead up to Anzac Day. 

“We’re saturating roads and every unit is a traffic car.” 

Acting Sergeant Murray said the heaviest traffic period, during Easter, had passed, but the roads would still be busy. 

“People need to be vigilant and pay attention to their surroundings,” he said.