Tributes flow for young friends killed in speed-related crash

A young man and woman killed in what police say was a speed-related crash on the Mornington Peninsula were car lovers whose friends and family will pay tribute to them with an organised car meet.

The sister of Pauly Khaled has pleaded with people attending the meet not to hoon or speed, after one friend posted a tribute video that appeared to show the ute the pair were in doing a burnout just hours before deadly crash.

Mr Khaled, 22, and Kalinda Nheu, 18, were both killed when their yellow ute went into the path of another car on the Nepean Highway near Mt Eliza about 11.15pm on Monday.

Their deaths came on a horror night on Victorian roads that killed two other people and left another man fighting for his life.


A tribute page set up for Mr Khaled and Ms Nheu on Facebook showed they were part of Melbourne's street car culture. Their own Facebook pages were filled with photos and videos of cars.

On the tribute page, a grieving friend posted a video he said showed one of their final moments.

The video showed a yellow ute and a dark coloured car doing a burnout about two hours before the fatal crash.

"I still can't believe it. This was taken [Monday] night two hours before you left this earth, we love and will see you soon," the friend said in the video posted to Facebook.



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The friend said he had seen Mr Khaled and Ms Nheu just 40 minutes before the crash.

"I saw these two amazing people 40 minutes before they left this earth. I feel [sic] asleep to wake up to this horrific news, all my love goes out to everyone who has been affected by this, this is one of the last videos of them two leaving on their last track you two will always be with us."

Police said the car involved in the fatal crash was a yellow ute.

Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Stephen Leane said it appeared the ute was speeding when it spun out of control.

"Two young people … driving down Nepean Highway quite simply in the rain again just too fast, lost control, and spun out of control into the path of an oncoming car," he said.

"It's very sad circumstances.

"A third of the people who have been involved in fatal collisions [this year] have been involved in excessive speed – they're just travelling too fast.

"We can all slow down just that little bit."

Tributes were flowing for the Mr Khaled, who was from Heatherton, and Ms Nheu, who lived in Pearcedale, on Tuesday.

One friend described watching the horrifying crash unfolded.

"Can't believe I watched this all unfold right in front of me. Still can't believe this happened and I'll never be the same again," Kyle O'Grady wrote on Facebook.

"As I stood next to you in your final moments just know I did whatever I could but it just wasn't enough."

Mr Khaled's sister also took to Facebook, describing the final time she saw him earlier that night.

"Had I known last night was the last time I'd get to see your beautiful eyes sparkle I would have hugged you and never let you go," Marianna Khaled said.

"There are no words to describe how much losing you hurts or how it's made us all feel. I wish you were still here next to me. Who's going to call me a loser now, who's going to eat the food I was saving, who's going to smack me on the back of the head and stomp around the house now? I really really miss you Paul. I know heaven will be so good to you."

Friends and family have organised a car meet at 6.30pm on Tuesday in Oakleigh South to pay tribute to the pair.

Ms Khaled asked people attending the event not to speed or hoon.

"Please no speeding or hooning tonight. That's not what tonight is about. You're welcome to do as you wish any other time but please not tonight while mum dad and I are there," she wrote.

"I ask you all to go home and tell your parents and kids and siblings you love them and give them a hug."

Family was also believed to be visiting the crash scene to put crosses up, according to a post on the event.

Grieving loved ones had raised more than $500 by Tuesday afternoon to help cover funeral costs via a GoFundMe page.

Police believe the yellow ute was travelling north and was speeding when it spun out of control and went into the path of another car on the Nepean Highway near St John's Lane.

A 25-year-old man from Mount Eliza, who was driving the other vehicle, was taken by ambulance to The Alfred hospital in a stable condition with chest injuries.

Horror night on Victorian roads

Four people, including Mr Khaled and Ms Nheu, were killed on Victoria roads on Monday night. The deaths take the 2019 road toll to 138, well above the 88 killed at the same time last year.

A woman, aged in her 40s, was found dead on Ballarat Road in Ardeer about 7.40pm on Monday after an alleged hit-run.

Police believe the woman was struck by a black Holden Commodore VT as she was crossing the road.

A 31-year-old man from Cairnlea handed himself in to police early on Tuesday morning.

The man was charged late on Tuesday with failing to render assistance in a fatal collision.

"The person involved in the collision knew that they'd hit another person and left the person on the side of the road," Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Stephen Leane said on Tuesday.

"Not sure what they knew, what the condition of the person was, but sadly a woman has lost their life."

A third fatal crash, in Red Cliffs near Mildura, killed a 31-year-old man and injured two others, aged 38 and 39. All three men were from Red Cliffs.