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The Northern Territory news Mon 18 Jan 2010



The Northern Territory news Mon 18 Jan 2010

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www.ntnews.com.au Northern Territory News, Monday, January 18, 2010 9 P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 8 -J A N -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 9 C O L O R : C M Y K e r3 0 0 1 0 1 NATION CRASH KILLS FIVE TRAGEDY: The Mill Park scene where five mates lost their lives By TONYDOWSLEY inMelbourne He must have knownwhat was going to happen ANTHONY Iannetta knew he was about to die when he shielded his little sister from the impact of a tree in Melbournes worst horror crash in recent memory, killing five youths. The protective big brother, 18, shielded his little sister, Elissa, as the car, a high powered, six-cylinder XR6 Falcon, skidded out of control on a long straight stretch of road in suburban Mill Park and into a tree at 2am yesterday. The 15-year-old girl survived, but sat in the car among the bodies of her dead brother and four other men strewn across the scene as emergency crews cut her out. The other men to die on impact included P-plate driver Steven Johnstone, 19. At least one of the passengers would not have been wearing a seat belt. Mr Johnstone, from South Morang, had a history of driving at high speeds and was to appear at Heidelberg Magistrates Court on January 27 for failing to comply with a court imposed community based order over a non-driving matter. Witnesses and residents who rushed to the scene after hearing nothing more than a thud as the car snapped the tree at its base which then fell on to the wreckage say Elissa muttered words and was conscious during the 90 minutes it took to get her free. As fire began to spread beneath the car, she sat in the back seat unable to move as residents and motorists who stopped poured buckets of water to put out the blaze. Police are investigating a witness report that before the crash the car was seen travelling at 150km/h with a passenger hanging out the window. For Anthony and Elissa Iannettas mother, Rose Sutera, there was agony of losing a son and relief the sole survivor was her daughter. Elissa escaped with a fractured elbow, slight bleeding on the brain and minor cuts. Ms Sutera said she had her big brother to thank. Elissa remembers that ... he shoved her head in between his legs to try and protect her, she said. As they roared around the corner, he gripped the handle above the back seat door; he must have known what was going to happen. Parents nightmare THE horror car crash in which five young men were killed and a 15-year-old girl seriously injured was every parents nightmare, Acting Victorian Roads Minister Tim Holding said. This is a terrible tragedy, Mr Holding said last night. Obviously, this is every familys worst nightmare. Tonight, our thoughts and our prayers are with the family and the friends and the loved ones of five young men whose lives have been tragically cut short, and, of course, one young woman who is still in hospital. This just reminds us of all of our messages about the importance of doing everything we can to drive safely on our roads. These are young men who will not live to raise their families, to play sport, to set up businesses. Four males including two aged 19, a 17-year-old and a 15-year-old, all from South Morang, were killed when the car spun out of control and hit a tree on Plenty Road in suburban Mill Park, at about 2am (AEDT). An 18-year-old man from Epping was also killed. His 15-year-old sister was the sole survivor of the crash and remains in the Royal Melbourne Hospital with serious injuries. In brief ... Stab charges laid MELBOURNE: Two people have been charged over the stabbing of a man celebrating his birthday at an inner Melbourne restaurant on January 2. The 44-year-old was critically injured in the attack in Fitzroy, police said. He remains in RMH in stable condition. Perth blaze suspicious PERTH: Emergency services are treating a blaze in Perths southern suburbs on the citys hottest summer day as suspicious. The Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) issued a bushfire advice shortly after 2pm last Sunday. The blaze started as temperatures in Perth soared past 42C. Two burnt in house fire BRISBANE: A man and a woman are in a serious condition after they were burnt in a fire that destroyed a home in Brisbanes southern suburbs. The house at Acacia Ridge, was well and truly ablaze when crews arrived on Saturday night, police said. Prince Wills ready for splash at Bondi SYDNEY: Prince William was right to leave girlfriend Kate Middleton back in the freezing UK while he tours New Zealand and Australia, c e l e b r i t y a g e n t M a x Markson says. Despite claims by NSW Tourism Minister Jodi M c K a y t h a t P r i n c e Williams visit is unof ficial and low key, Markson insists the young royal is still here on business. As Ms Middleton, 28, endures the chilly northern winter, the young prince has several engagements scheduled during his twoday visit to Sydney starting tomorrow. He will visit Mel bourne on Thursday. His Sydney itinerary includes a reception at Admiralty House, a visit to the inner city Aboriginal neighbourhood of The Block in Redfern, and a barbecue in the Royal Botanic Gardens hosted by NSW Premier Kristina Keneally. Hes here to work, not play. I think he made the right decision about it, Markson added. But Prince William, 27, the worlds most eligible bachelor, will catch the eye of Australias women. Free time could mean the prince ventures to Bondi Beach that proved a favourite haunt of his fathers. Merak vigils mark 100 days PERTH: Protest vigils will be held around the world to mark 100 days since a group of Sri Lankans were intercepted and returned to Indonesia at Prime Minister Kevin Rudds request. Refugee activists will gather outside Mr Rudds Sydney office at 12.30pm today ahead of vigils in Newcastle, Melbourne and Perth. There will also be vigils outside Australian consulates in Auckland, Toronto and London. The Tamils, intercepted by the Indonesian navy at Australias request and taken to the Javan port of Merak in October, do not want to come ashore because they fear they will be forced to wait years for resettlement. Instead, they want to be given a rapid resettlement deal. Murray waits for water ADELAIDE: Floodwaters poured into the parched M u r r a y s M e n i n d e e Lakes yesterday. Between 600 and 800 billion litres will flow into the lake system. The NSW Office for Water said inflows would be enough to allow a significant volume to be released to the Murray River but the NSW government still will not give any indication of how much of the water might be released downstream. A spokesman for NSW P r e m i e r K r i s t i n a Keneally said she had been in regular contact with SA Premier Mike Rann to come to a fair agreement.