Man charged over tragic crash which killed six-year-old girl

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives have charged a man following a fatal crash involving an off-road buggy in Rosedale on Saturday afternoon which claimed the life of a six-year-old girl.
The 33-year-old Rosedale man has been charged with culpable driving, dangerous driving causing death, reckless conduct endangering life and recklessly causing injury.
He fronted Sale Magistrates’ Court this morning, and has been bailed to reappear in court again on January 18 next year.
The charges follow an incident at a property on Denison Rd shortly after 4pm on Saturday.
Police allege the man was driving the buggy, with five girls and two boys on board, when it rolled in a paddock.
A six-year-old girl was airlifted to hospital but died from her injuries.
A four-year-old girl was also airlifted to hospital with serious injuries.
Five other children were assessed by paramedics and taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
It’s been confirmed the deceased girl was a prep student at Gippsland Grammar, and the school community is trying to come to grips with the news.
Principal Leisa Harper informed parents of the tragedy on Sunday.
“One of our St Anne’s Foundation students passed away suddenly on the weekend,” she wrote.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the student’s family and friends.
“Our school is offering support to the family, and will also be supporting our students and staff over the coming days with counsellors being available onsite for counselling and support to those in need.
“Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have also made alternative arrangements off-site with St Paul’s Cathedral for any parents to meet and access support from Dean Susanna and Rev Blaskow.
“We encourage you to speak with your child about this sad news in a way that responds to their concerns and needs.
“If your child is already using the services of a mental health professional, you should ensure this tragic news is passed on to them.”