Teacher and her son, five, victims of horror regional Victoria crash
A 37-year-old teacher and her five-year-old son have been named as the victims of a road accident in regional Victoria just before New Year.
Mother-of-two Jess West and son Deighton were killed when a truck slammed into the family car at the intersection of Kingston Road and Church Parade in Creswick, near Ballarat at 12.20pm on December 29.
The pair, from the suburb of Epsom died at the scene.
Mrs West's other son, Oakley, is being treated at the Royal Children's Hospital. Her husband, Anthony, was taken to Ballarat Hospital to be treated for minor injuries and shock after the accident.
The Latrobe University graduate's family described her as "an exceptional, generous and caring woman".
"She would walk into a room and instantly make the vibe of the room better like no other. There aren't enough words to use to express how much he will miss Jess," the family said in a statement.
Relatives described Deighton as a "very caring little boy" who "showed great sporting potential".
"Deighton, your infectious smile and cheeky grin will forever be embedded in our minds," the statement said.
"Your thirst for life and desire to be the best at whatever you did was nothing short of inspiring."
Authorities say the truck failed to stop at a give way sign, soared through the intersection and sent the family's Toyota Rav4 flying towards a tree.
Victoria Police's Sergeant Paul Lineham told 9News in December the crash was "absolutely devastating."
"This is a collision that was completely and utterly avoidable," he said.
"We've got two people dead here - one is a child. These things shouldn't be happening."
At least eight emergency crews rushed to the scene.
The force of the impact also killed the family's beloved pet Staffordshire terrier.
The 59-year-old Western Australian truck driver was interviewed by police for almost two hours before being taken to Ballarat Police Station for mandatory testing.
He is expected to be charged with dangerous driving causing death.