Police are reportedly investigating a woman who died with three teenagers in a horrific car accident in the state of Victoria on allegations of caring for a young girl.
Alicia Montebello, 31, died on Saturday when her red Toyota Corolla hatchback went out of control and crashed into a tree near Bokhara, southwest Victoria.
She died in the accident along with local Hamilton teenagers Meghan Fox, 14, Joshua Elmes, 15, and Lucas Gorzali, 14.
Meghan’s sister Jorja, 17, survived the accident but remains in hospital in serious condition.
Just six weeks ago, on April 14, Ms Montebello was in Warrnambool Magistrates’ Court, where she was fined $700 without a conviction on charges of first-degree assault, two counts of stalking and four counts of violating bail.
According to reports, just six weeks ago, Alicia Montebello was before Warrnambool Magistrates’ Court, where she was fined US$700 with no conviction for intentional assault, stalking and bail violations
The stalking allegations relate to a young girl whose parents claim their daughter was being groomed. The Warrnambool standard reports.
The bail violation charge relates to Ms Montebello being found with two teenage girls on a street in Hamilton in the early hours of April 14.
Ms Montebello had formed a close friendship with Jorja Fox, who she called her “best friend”, and shared a photo with her and her sister Meghan in March.
While Joshua Elmes’ parents have revealed since the accident their son had snuck out of the house the night before before ending up in the car with the 31-year-old.
Alicia Montebello (centre) with Meghan and Jorja Fox in March
Alicia Montebello (pictured), who died in a horrific car crash in Victoria state over the weekend with three teenagers, had been banned from driving twice, including for drunk driving
In addition to these allegations, Ms. Montebello also had a long traffic history.
In January 2015, she lost her driving license after being caught drunk in an unregistered car in South Australia.
She was banned from driving for four months and 14 days, but in February 2016 she was again banned from driving while her license was suspended and given a suspended sentence of 12 days.
She had previously been charged with speeding, driving an unregistered vehicle and driving with alcohol in her blood with a P license plate, and drug possession.
The mangled wreckage of the car that claimed the lives of four people near Bokhara in south-west Victoria
The father of one of the teenagers who died in the tragic accident on the single lane Wannon-Nigretta Falls Road in Bochara, 320km west of Melbourne, revealed he had warned his son not to get in the car with Ms Montebello .
Matthew Elmes, 46, father of Joshua, feared Ms Montebello was a dangerous driver who was feeding the youngsters’ need for quick thrills.
“If you want an adrenaline rush, it’s probably better to go to an amusement park or go skydiving, but don’t get in a car,” Mr Elmes said.
Ms Montebello had been spotted regularly driving the Corolla in the area prior to the accident and is said to have urged her passengers not to buckle up while she was driving “irregularly”.
A haunting video, apparently recorded inside the car, was posted to Snapchat just hours before the accident and appears to show the car speeding along a country road at 130 km/h.
Police have not yet released who was behind the wheel of the car at the time of the accident. Investigators hope that Jorja Fox can help with the investigation when she is well again.
Sisters Jorja (left) and Meghan Fox were involved in a shocking accident outside of Hamilton. Meghan was killed and Jorja remains in a serious but stable condition
Teenagers Joshua Elmes (left) and Lucus Garzoli both died tragically in the accident
She maintained a close bond with Ms Montebello, who posted a picture of her alongside the Fox sisters on March 19.
“My best friend Jorja Fox – love you little one,” she posted with a heart emoji.
It’s a post that has since received an angry emoji from Jorja’s sister, Kayla, who took to social media on Monday to pay tribute to her sisters.
“Rest in peace my precious angel forever in my heart.” “Life won’t be the same without your goofy personality or that sweet heart,” she wrote on Instagram.
“You were the best little sister I could have asked for.” I love you so much Meghan. My heart aches so much knowing you’re not right behind me.’
While paying tribute to the other teenagers killed in the crash, Kayla omitted any reference to Ms. Montebello in her post.
The accident happened in south-west Victoria on a narrow stretch of road near Bokhara
On Tuesday, Joshua, Lee-Ann and Matthew Elmes’ parents broke down in tears as they spoke to the Sunrise program imploring young drivers to be careful on the roads.
“I want Hamilton’s youth and however far that goes, please think of your loved ones as you step out the front door,” Ms Elmes said.
“Think of them, think of what might happen if you leave and come home in those hours.”
Ms Elmes recalled the final moments she spent with her son on Friday morning before hearing him sneak out of the house.
‘I said I love you’. “I said goodnight to him,” she said.
“For the next five minutes I heard the door open and close, called him and said, ‘Where are you going?’
“He said, ‘I’m going for a walk, see you soon’.”
“I never heard from him again.”
It has also been confirmed that Joshua worked with wife Montebello on Coles Hamilton. A spokesman for the supermarket said advice was offered to staff following the accident.
“We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the families of our team members involved in Saturday’s car accident,” the spokesman said.
“Our thoughts are with our team members at Coles Hamilton who have been offered guidance during this tragic time.”
Jorja Fox (right) and Alicia Montebello in a Facebook post in March tagged “My BFF Jorja Fox, I love you little one.” It has since been decorated with an angry emoji by one of Jorja’s sisters
On Sunday, Police Assistant Glenn Weir confirmed that a witness had seen the group’s car exit a local waterfall park around 1 a.m. Saturday.
The wreck was found by a passer-by on Wannon-Nigretta Road around 9am.
Mr Weir said an accident reconstruction of the narrow strip of road where the accident occurred indicated the car was traveling well over 100km/h.
“At this time of day, any time actually, driving so fast on this road is just incomprehensible to me,” he said.
A police spokesman said the investigation was still ongoing.