Joyride ends in tragedy: girl, 15, dies after ‘stolen car is driven by 16-year-old boy’ crashes and rolls in Melbourne – as friends pay tribute to ‘loving and selfless’ teenager
- Makuini Rikiti, 15, died after a Subaru Liberty crashed and rolled over on Saturday
- A stolen car has reportedly crashed outside a bathroom showroom in Hoppers Crossing
- Three teenagers, including the alleged 16-year-old driver, have been charged
- Friends and family flood social media with tribute to their ‘beautiful angel’
A 15-year-old girl who died in a terrible car accident after a joyride went wrong is remembered as a ‘loving’ and selfless teenager.
Makuini Rikiti was a passenger in a reportedly stolen Subaru Liberty when it crashed outside a bathroom showroom at Hoppers Crossing in southwest Melbourne around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Werribee teenager – the youngest of three passengers in the vehicle – was raced to hospital but later died of her injuries.
Makuini Rikiti, 15, (pictured) died after an allegedly stolen Suburu Liberty crashed on Saturday and rolled outside a bathroom showroom in Hoppers Crossing, South West Melbourne
Two teenage girls who visited the crash site reported it Herald Sun they had been friends of Makuini and described her as “a very good person.”
“She always put everyone in front of her and made sure everyone was happy,” said one of the girls.
‘We were often together. Most of the memories we made were pretty good. ‘
The grieving girl said the fatal crash had left their community heartbroken and admitted she found it difficult to come to terms with.
‘It’s nobody’s fault. People make mistakes and do things and things have clearly ended badly here. No one should make negative comments.
“I just hope she is remembered as a loving person, and a good person too.”
Tribute to Makuini Rikiti continues to flood social media as her friends and family struggle to make sense of their tragic loss.
“My heart aches for you dear Kuini, words cannot describe how sad I am, it feels like I just saw you recently,” wrote a friend.
The Herald Sun reported that debris at the crash site (pictured) appeared to indicate that the vehicle was traversing the sidewalk and into a garden bed, uprooting a small tree.
“It wasn’t meant to be your time, honey. The baby of all of us, I hope wherever you are now you are the safest, ‘wrote another.
Three teenagers have been charged after the fatal crash.
The alleged driver of the vehicle, a 16-year-old boy who is also from Werribee, has been charged with driving guilty and resulting in death.
A 15-year-old girl from Tarneit has been charged with theft of a motor vehicle and theft. Both were returned to appear before a children’s court at a later date.
Another 17-year-old boy from Point Cook has been charged with theft of a motor vehicle and has also been released on bail to appear in a children’s court at a later date.