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‘Gone way too soon’: Friends left reeling by death in fiery crash

Shocked friends told The Age they were still coming to terms with the news that Mr Juriansz, also known as Shannon, had been killed.

In one tribute a friend wrote: “Throughout our car convos that turned into some deep convo about life, never did I think I’d wake up one day to hear that you’ve been taken from our lives … gone way too soon … Rest In Peace brother.”

Lorenzo Juriansz, one of two young adults who died in a fiery two-car collision that also left three teenagers injured in Melbourne's south-east.

Lorenzo Juriansz, one of two young adults who died in a fiery two-car collision that also left three teenagers injured in Melbourne’s south-east.

Family and friends gathered at Mr Juriansz’s Hampton Park home throughout the afternoon to console one another, with cars lining the narrow street.

Childhood friend Sudesh Hasanga Abeynayaka said Mr Juriansz was a funny man who loved cars and being with friends.

He said Mr Juriansz moved from Sri Lanka to Australia with his family about seven years ago.

The pair had always dreamed of making films, he said.

“He is my best friend and a very funny person,” he said.

“Every time he called me he was very happy.”

Others posted of their grief online.

“If only words could tell how much we miss you right now. We will never forget you sweety,” wrote one woman.

A 19-year-old Ferntree Gully woman, who was in the back seat of the Mazda, was taken to The Alfred hospital in a critical condition with head injuries where she later died.

An 18-year-old man from Box Hill, who was in the back seat of the Mazda, was taken to The Alfred hospital with head injuries. He remains in a critical condition.

“He is fighting for life,” said Inspector McGregor. “He’s undergone surgery and they’re doing everything they can to save his life.”

The driver, a 19-year-old Bayswater North man who is on his P-plates, and his front seat passenger, an 18-year-old Ringwood East woman, are assisting police with their inquiries.

They were both taken to Royal Melbourne Hospital in a stable condition.

Inspector McGregor said while police were yet to interview the driver of the Mazda, blood tests were being carried out to determine whether drugs or alcohol played a part in the crash.

“We had an erratic driver driving a green Mazda in a westerly direction on Ferntree Gully Road so we’re calling for anyone who might have seen that type of driving at that time of night … to come forward and call Crime Stoppers,” he said.

One of the cars at the scene after the crash.

One of the cars at the scene after the crash. Credit:Nine News

He said police were also investigating whether the back seat passengers were wearing seatbelts, with a failure to do so contributing to 15 per cent of the state’s annual road deaths.

“Unfortunately its a regular event.”

The deaths take the number of lives lost on Victorian roads to 209, compared with 152 this time last year and Inspector McGregor said it was time drivers did everything they could to stay safe behind the wheel.

The crash occurred about 8pm on Sunday night.

The crash occurred about 8pm on Sunday night.Credit:Nine News

“Haven’t we taken enough lives on our roads this year? This was not an accident, this was a completely avoidable death,” he said.

“These are children, kids, driving lethal weapons on our roads.”

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives are investigating.

The scene was cleared about 5.30am.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or with dashcam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppers.com.au

With Tate Papworth

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