Teenage charged with stealing car involved in double fatal Melbourne crash
A teenager injured in a Melbourne car crash that killed two of his friends has been charged with stealing the Commodore the group was riding in.
Byron Hampton, 16, and Jordy Kirkwood, 18, died on Sunday when the car they were in careered into an oncoming vehicle on the South Gippsland Highway in Melbourne's southeast.
Jack Ledlin, 18, from Baxter, was today charged with stealing the car.
Ledlin was a passenger in the car and was treated at Dandenong Hospital for minor injuries after the crash.
He was due to appear at the Dandenong Magistrates Court this afternoon.
The driver of the car, 20-year-old Frankston man Dylan Cassidy, allegedly tried to run from the crash scene before being restrained by a passerby.
He remains in a stable condition in hospital under police guard.
Another passenger Dakoda Nicholson, 17, from Frankston North, remains in hospital fighting for her life.
The occupants of the other vehicle – a 39-year-old woman and two girls aged six and nine, all from Lynbrook – were treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Hampton's family paid tribute to him, saying he "always put others before himself".
His mother, Nicole Hampton, laid flowers at the scene of the crash yesterday, telling reporters her son was a "hard worker" who was attending school at Hallam Senior College while also working towards his apprenticeship.
He is survived by two sisters, aged four and 10 and two brothers aged 13 and 18.
Devastated friends and family have taken to social media to express their grief and shock at the deaths.
"RIP my baby cousin," Aimee Thompie wrote on Facebook to pay tribute to Hampstead.
"You had only just turned 16."
A friend of the teen boy killed said he had "a good heart".
Carla Tepania wrote: "Rest peacefully... you were both way too young. Love and light."
"You will always be on my mind Byros, I love u [sic]," another wrote.
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