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Newlyweds killed after hit-and-run driver slammed into their car at ‘horrendous speeds’

A couple who had been married just one year were killed in a fatal hit-run in Melbourne Saturday morning.

Newlyweds Bita Zaeim, 32, and Matt Goland, 38, were inside the vehicle hit by a stolen four-wheel-drive in Wantirna South, east of the city, Nine News reported.

Police arrested a a 19-year-old Boronia man and a 15-year-old Belgrave girl following the incident, with both under police guard as they receive medical treatment. 

Newlyweds Bita Zaeim (pictured), 32, and Matt Goland, 38, were inside the vehicle hit by a stolen four-wheel-drive in Wantirna South, east of the city

Mr Goland (pictured) died at the scene and his wife passed away in hospital a short time after

Mr Goland (pictured) died at the scene and his wife passed away in hospital a short time after

It was alleged two teenagers were driving at ‘horrendous speeds’ and a red light before crashing into a Holden Commodore.

Mr Goland died at the scene and his wife passed away in hospital a short time after. 

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives, with assistance from the Eastern Crime Unit and Knox Crime Investigation Unit detectives, arrested the man and teenage girl at a residence in Judkins Avenue, Belgrave about 1.15pm.

Police alleged a grey Lexus four-wheel-drive travelling south along Stud Road in Wantirna South collided with an eastbound black Holden Commodore.

The teenagers fled the scene following the fatal crash as CCTV footage showed witnesses running to the scene to offer assistance. 

Police alleged a grey Lexus four-wheel-drive travelling south along Stud Road in Wantirna South collided with an eastbound black Holden Commodore (pictured) 

Police alleged a grey Lexus four-wheel-drive travelling south along Stud Road in Wantirna South collided with an eastbound black Holden Commodore (pictured) 

The teenagers fled the scene following the fatal crash as CCTV footage showed witnesses running to the scene to offer assistance 

The teenagers fled the scene following the fatal crash as CCTV footage showed witnesses running to the scene to offer assistance 

Acting Superintendent Stuart McGregor was tasked with informing the next of kin about the fatalities and said it was something that would stay with him forever. 

‘I’ve had to stand at the intersection with the parents of one of the deceased, I’ve been able to explain how it has occurred but not why,’ he said.

‘This behaviour is abhorrent. No one in the community can understand why.

‘The image of mum and dad of the male passenger will probably stay with me for the rest of my life.’

It was revealed the couple lived nearby the crash site in The Basin and most likely were making their way home at the time of the crash. 

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives are investigating and are urging the male and female to come forward

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives are investigating and are urging the male and female to come forward

Supt McGregor said earlier today that it would only be a matter of time before they caught the occupants of the Lexusnews.com.au reported.

‘I’m positive that other people already know who this is and they know where they are,’ he said.

‘We are going to catch them, it is just a matter of time. But it is better for them to come us than us to come to them.’

He said the teenagers would no doubt have injuries sustained in the collision.

‘This is not a game, this is real life. The reality is that two people are dead and two more are going to jail,’ he said. 

The occupants of the Lexus were last seen running westbound on Stud Road and are yet to be located.  

Police believe they are a male and female about 18-years-of-age.

The occupants of the Lexus (pictured) were last seen running westbound on Stud Road and are yet to be located

The male passenger in the Holden died at the scene and police are yet to formally identify him while the female driver was taken to hospital before passing away

The male passenger in the Holden died at the scene and police are yet to formally identify him while the female driver was taken to hospital before passing away

The male is perceived to be of Caucasian appearance and about 173cm tall with a skinny build and dark collar-length hair with blonde streaks. 

He was wearing a hi-visibility hooded jumper and possibly grey shorts.

The female is described as being Caucasian in appearance and about 165cm tall with a skinny build and long wavy blonde hair. 

The female is described as being Caucasian in appearance and about 165cm tall with a skinny build and long wavy blonde hair

The female is described as being Caucasian in appearance and about 165cm tall with a skinny build and long wavy blonde hair

The aftermath of a fatal hit and run collision overnight which left two people dead and two teenagers on the run form police

The aftermath of a fatal hit and run collision overnight which left two people dead and two teenagers on the run form police

She was wearing a white tank top, black leggings and a black leather purse with a shoulder strap.

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives are investigating and are urging the male and female to come forward.

Traffic is being diverted at the scene of the collision and the road will be closed for some time. 

 



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