Sri Lankan born youth killed in fiery crash in Melbourne

A Sri Lankan born youth in Australia has been identified as the victim of a fiery crash in Melbourne’s south-east on Sunday night.

Lorenzo Juriansz, 21 was a former student of St. Benedict’s College, Colombo, according to his Facebook account.

After moving to Australia he attended Hampton Park Secondary College.

According to The Age newspaper in Australia, Lorenzo Juriansz was turning his Nissan Skyline into Ferntree Gully Road in Oakleigh South about 8pm on Sunday when he collided with a Mazda 3 carrying four teenagers, one who later died in hospital.

Police said an “erratic driver” was in control of the green Mazda and that a car had been seen “ducking and weaving” in traffic before the collision.

Victoria Police Inspector Stuart McGregor said because of the speed suspected to be involved in the collision, Juriansz, who pulled out of a side street into the path of the other car, “was killed almost instantly”.

Shocked friends told The Age they were still coming to terms with the news that Juriansz, also known as Shannon, had been killed.

In one tribute a friend wrote: “Throughout our car convos that turned into some deep convo about life, never did I think I’d wake up one day to hear that you’ve been taken from our lives … gone way too soon … Rest In Peace brother.”

Childhood friend Sudesh Hasanga Abeynayaka said Mr Juriansz was a funny man who loved cars and being with friends.

He said Juriansz moved from Sri Lanka to Australia with his family about seven years ago.

A 19-year-old Ferntree Gully woman, who was in the back seat of the Mazda, was taken to The Alfred hospital in a critical condition with head injuries where she later died. (Colombo Gazette)


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