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Teens face court charged over crash in stolen car that killed girl, 15

A teenage girl was killed when a 16-year-old boy lost control of the stolen car they were in and crashed after speeding at up to 130km/h, a court has heard.

The girl, 15, suffered “catastrophic” injuries when a Subaru Liberty careened across two lanes of the Old Geelong Road in Hoppers Crossing about 6.30pm on Saturday and landed on its roof. She died in hospital.

The crash scene at Hoppers Crossing.

The crash scene at Hoppers Crossing. Credit:Nine News

Four teenagers were in the car, a children’s court heard on Monday, after it was stolen in an aggravated burglary from nearby Tarneit that morning.

Police allege the driver, a 16-year-old boy, sped at up to 130km/h in a 70km/h zone moments before the crash.

The boy faced a children’s court on Monday via a video link, charged with culpable driving causing death. He was remanded in custody and is expected to apply for bail next month.

A 15-year-old girl also faced court, charged with theft of motor vehicle, theft and offending while on bail.

A 17-year-old boy, who was also in the car, was also charged with theft. He is due to face a children’s court at a later date. The accused trio cannot be identified.

During an application to revoke the girl’s bail, a police prosecutor said the driver was “fishtailing” along the road when he lost control, and the car rolled over two traffic lanes and hit a tree.

The 15-year-old girl suffered catastrophic injuries, the prosecutor said.

The accused girl was seen stealing two bottles of liqueur from a bottle shop in the hours before the crash, the court heard.

She is is also charged with unrelated offences including carjacking, assault and affray.

Despite police concerns the girl would offend if she remained on bail, a magistrate refused the application to have her locked up.

As part of her bail conditions the girl has to abide by a nightly curfew and cannot associate with the two boys, contact any prosecution witnesses or get in a car unless it is with an adult family member.

She is next due to appear before court in April.

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