Man charged after Carlton collision that injured pedestrians

A 40-year-old man has been charged following a two-car collision in Carlton on Saturday, which left a teenage girl with critical injuries and four other people injured.

Emergency services were called to the intersection of Lygon and Elgin streets in Carlton around noon on Saturday following reports of a two-vehicle collision and multiple injuries.

Police said one of the cars, a grey Volkswagen Passat, was seen allegedly moving erratically in the area before it collided with an Alfa Romeo, causing the driver of that car to lose control and strike two pedestrians.

Five people including a 16-year-old girl were taken to hospital with injuries from the collision.

The driver of the Volkswagen was allegedly detained by bystanders until police arrived.

The major collision investigation unit and Yarra crime investigation unit charged the Volkswagen driver, a 40-year-old man from Essendon, with negligently causing serious injury, dangerous driving causing serious injury and possessing methylamphetamine.

Police investigate the cause of the crash in Carlton on Saturday.Credit:Nine News

Police said he would appear in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Sunday.

The girl was one of three people in the Alfa Romeo, and the others – a 61-year-old man and 53-year-old woman – were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Two pedestrians, who were crossing the road at the time, were also injured. A 42-year-old man suffered serious injuries and a 40-year-old man was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

There have been 73 deaths on Victoria’s roads since the start of the year, up from 51 at the same time last year. Police say there were 10 deaths over the first 11 days of March.

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