A man who dressed up as a mask and gloves before driving into a car and killing a nine-year-old boy in Melbourne’s south-west has been charged with murder.
Key points:A man in a mask with a face shield is charged with killing a 9-year old boy in the suburbsThe boy’s father says the man had a history of mental health issuesPolice said the boy was driving at a speed of 80km/h when he hit the boy’s carA 22-year veteran driver was also injured when the vehicle hit a concrete barrier and came to rest in a ditch, police said.
The crash happened on Monday around 2.30pm on the outskirts of the town of Tumbler.
Emergency services were called to a nearby house after the car collided with a concrete wall and a fence, police spokeswoman Danielle Taylor said.
“The driver had a serious history of depression and mental health problems,” she said.
Police said an officer went to the scene and found the victim’s car had overturned and was “completely destroyed”.
“We don’t know how long the driver was in the vehicle or what happened,” Ms Taylor said, adding that it was unclear whether the driver had been taking medication.
The driver was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Neighbour Lisa McLean said she had seen a white car with a mask on the road.
“It’s quite frightening, the guy was really covered in mask and I couldn’t see anything,” she told the ABC.
“I think he was wearing a mask to hide his face because he was quite worried.”‘
He should be locked up’A man with a history, including a history with mental health concerns, has been arrested and taken to the King St Police Station for questioning, police confirmed.
“This individual, with a long history of serious mental health challenges, was driving a white Hyundai SUV in a south-western suburb of Melbourne on Monday morning, when he lost control of the vehicle, causing the crash,” Acting Superintendent Michael O’Keefe said.
Mr O’Keefe said the man was charged with two counts of dangerous driving causing death and one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death.
The man is due to appear in the King Street Police Station on Thursday.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call police on 1800 333 000.