Teenager charged over fatal crash in Ballan

Police officers arrest the boy along Willow Grove at Wendouree on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: Kate Healy
Police officers arrest the boy along Willow Grove at Wendouree on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: Kate Healy

Detectives from the Major Collision Investigation Unit have charged a 17-year-old boy following a fatal crash in Ballan.

The incident occurred on the Western Freeway about 2.30pm yesterday after a police pursuit where an allegedly stolen van crashed into two trucks.

Ballarat teenager Jacqueline Vodden, 16, died in the smash.

The 17-year-old boy faced an out of sessions hearing this evening and has been charged with culpable driving, dangerous driving causing death, conduct endangering life, theft of motor vehicle, aggravated burglary, burglary and other offences.

Victoria Police spokesman Leading Senior Constable Adam West said the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been remanded to appear at a Children’s Court at a later date.