West Coast couple lose only son in car crash

Last updated 05:00 28/04/2014

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The only son of a West Coast couple has died in a crash in Australia.

Jarrah Spaan, 24, originally of Kumara, was in a car that crashed into a pole near Bright, Victoria, just before 1am on Saturday. Victoria police said the driver ran off, but had since been found, charged and remanded in custody.

Spaan was understood to have been selling his car and accompanied the driver on a test-drive when the crash happened.

Spaan's grandmother Carol, who declined to give her surname, said his death had shocked everybody. It was likely his parents, Russell Spaan and Mandy Spafford, would bring his ashes back to be scattered on the West Coast, she said. "I loved him very dearly. He was loved by everybody."

The driver, 35, had been charged with culpable driving, dangerous driving causing death, failing to stop and failing to render assistance, police said.

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