2 Comox men killed in Australia car crash


The two Canadian men killed in a car crash in Australia last weekend are now being identified as graduates of Highland Secondary School in Comox. Dean Stolz reports.

Two men from Comox have died in a car crash in the Australian state of Victoria.

The victims have been identified as Scott Goebel and Jesse Munroe. Both men were 21-years-old and were in the country on work visas. They had been working at a winery.

According to Victoria state police, the incident happened shortly after midnight on Sunday in a rural area in the northern part of the state.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Tim Hansen said five people were in an old Ford station wagon, which rolled over after attempting to make a turn, and collided with a cluster of trees.

Hansen said the 21-year-old German driving the station wagon, and the two Canadian men were killed at the scene.

Two other occupants of the car were taken to hospital.

Jesse’s sister Alisha left a tribute to her brother on his Facebook page writing: “It’s absolutely amazing how you made so many great friends on the island and around the world on your travels. Everyone has the best things to say about you. It makes me so incredibly proud to be your sister and know that my little brother was such an amazing person.”

A family member of Scott Goebel also posted to Facebook. “My heart is broken for my family but I am comforted in the fact that even though his life was cut incredibly short he lived every single day as it was his last. He did more in his 21 years that most do in their entire 90+.” wrote Chelsey Leidl.

Hansen said police believe that all five men in the car were drinking at a nearby hotel earlier that night. Investigators are looking at speed, alcohol and vehicle safety as factors in the crash.

Jesse Munroe (left) and Scott Goebel (right) were killed in a car crash in Australia on Sunday. Credit: Munroe and Goebel families.
With files from The Canadian Press

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