Man charged following head-on crash which killed 12-year-old girl in Stonehaven, Victoria


A man has been charged over a shocking head-on collision in Victoria that left a child dead and four others injured.

The Rossiter family were travelling home to Lismore via the Hamilton Hwy, Stonehaven on Wednesday night when police said they collided with a Holden Berlina which had allegedly swerved onto the other side of the road.

Mia, 12, died at the scene while her younger half-sister Willow and parents Paul and Danica were hospitalised with various injuries.

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The driver of the car that swerved onto the other side of the road, a 28-year-old man, was taken to hospital in a stable condition under police guard.

His passenger was hospitalised with critical injuries.

The driver has now been charged with breaching parole, driving while suspended, dangerous driving causing death and two counts of dangerous driving causing serious injury.

He has had his parole cancelled and will appear before the Geelong Magistrates Court on Monday.

Seven-year-old Willow was taken to Geelong Hospital with critical injuries however she was later transferred to The Royal Children’s Hospital, where she remains in a serious but stable condition.

The collision occurred when a white Holden Berlina swerved onto the wrong side of the road, hitting the Rossiter’s red Holden Barina. Credit: 7NEWS

Paul, 38, and Danica, 36, were both taken to hospital in a serious condition however they have both since been downgraded to stable.

Speaking to 7NEWS.com.au, family friend Cheyenne Bourne said Mia was a “beautiful soul”.

“Once she got to know you … she was bubbly, she had the most infectious laugh,” she said.

“As soon as she laughed, you have to laugh because … it was just so infectious, her smile was infectious.”

Mia Rossiter with her parents Paul and Danica Rossiter. Credit: 7NEWS

The young girl was due to celebrate her 13th birthday in just over two weeks.

On Thursday, detective acting senior sergeant Peter Romanis said the crash was “preventable”.

“This incident was an entirely preventable tragedy that has torn a family apart,” he said.

“It is the type of collision that infuriates us.”

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