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The victim of the Burwood crash was identified as “son, brother, partner and much loved friend” William Taylor

The victim of the Burwood crash was identified as “son, brother, partner and much loved friend” William Taylor

The victim of the Burwood crash was identified as “son, brother, partner and much loved friend” William Taylor

A man who died when his vehicle was hit by a suspected stolen car in Melbourne’s east has been identified as William Taylor.

Taylor, 28, from Ashburton, was making a right turn from Warrigal Rd onto Highbury Rd in Burwood when his hatchback was hit by a Jeep Grand Cherokee at 7pm on Tuesday.

Taylor’s hatchback landed in the front yard of a home, where residents rushed to help, but there was little they could do and the car died at the scene.

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His family said they were “heartbroken” by the “devastating loss.”

“Will was a beloved son, brother, partner and friend,” the family said.

“He was a quiet, intelligent and thoughtful young man who loved his sport.”

William Taylor, 28, from Ashburton, died when his car was hit by a suspected stolen Jeep in Melbourne's east.
William Taylor, 28, from Ashburton, died when his car was hit by a suspected stolen Jeep in Melbourne’s east. Credit: Supplied

The Jeep continued down the road for a short distance before hitting a tree and four men inside fled while two girls were arrested when they allegedly tried to flee.

The girls, both 15 and out on bail, were taken to hospital under police custody and later charged with motor vehicle theft.

Both were released on bail and are due to appear in juvenile court at a later date.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested in Malvern East at 8.30pm on Wednesday and charged with culpable driving causing death, dangerous driving causing death, failing to stop and render assistance, motor vehicle theft and driving without a licence.

He appeared in a juvenile court on Friday and was released on bail after the magistrate said the case against him was weak. He will appear before a juvenile court again in August.

Three men are still wanted in connection with a two-vehicle crash in Melbourne's east.
Three men are still wanted in connection with a two-vehicle crash in Melbourne’s east. Credit: 7NEWS

Police praised a bystander who held one of the 15-year-old girls until police arrived and said the second girl stayed with her. Three men remain at large.

Detective Senior Sergeant Christian Von Tunk said the men are believed to have fled through a nearby park where officers found gloves.

He said the Jeep was allegedly stolen in an aggravated robbery in Cranbourne South on Friday, June 28, and was then used in an armed robbery in Ormond and another in Ripponlea on June 30.

On Monday, police attempted to intercept the vehicle, but it fled and could not be located again.

“When fatal collisions happen, it is totally frustrating for us; this is another completely avoidable collision,” Von Tunk said.

“The impact was tremendous. It was a high-speed impact.”

Bail laws defended

Victoria’s acting Premier Ben Carroll on Friday defended the state’s bail laws, denying that courts were “too soft” on young offenders.

“Let us be clear: no one who poses an unacceptable risk should be released on bail,” he said.

Shadow Attorney General Michael O’Brien said magistrates and judges were simply implementing bail laws as drafted by the Labour government.

“This government has been in power for 21 years and appointed all these judges,” he said.

– With AAP