Teen killed in ute rollover
A town is in mourning after a tragic collision on Sunday morning claimed the life of a teenager.
Euroa’s Ryley Bjorksten, 19, was killed after a utility he was travelling in rolled at Balmattum.
Emergency services were called to Faithfuls Creek Rd following reports a man had been struck by a ute about 2.15 am.
Although attempts were made to revive Mr Bjorksten, he died shortly after the accident.
Victoria Police Major Collision investigators arrived at the scene of the incident and believe a number of people were riding in the tray of the ute when it rolled on the unmade road.
Mr Bjorksten was known as a talented Goulburn Valley League footballer for Euroa.
Across his football career in Euroa, Mr Bjorksten played 35 senior games and only missed playing one game this year.
Yesterday, Euroa Football Netball Club members gathered at Memorial Oval to pay their respects to Mr Bjorksten and his family.
Mr Bjorksten’s mother, Lauren Bjorksten, said her son was a well-liked young man with many friends in the community.
Mr Bjorksten completed VCE last year and was working as an apprentice electrician.
‘‘Ryley was very popular and had a wide circle of mates,’’ she said.
‘‘We’re absolutely devastated.’’
Mrs Bjorksten said her son had gone out for dinner with some friends on Saturday night and then headed to a bonfire.
While growing up in Euroa, Mr Bjorksten was involved in a number of sports including cricket, basketball and mixed netball.
Euroa Football Netball Club president Scott Watson said Mr Bjorksten had been an integral member of the senior football side for the past three years, after graduating through the junior ranks.
‘‘Ryley’s speed, coupled with sublime foot skills, meant he was not only in the upper echelon of players in the club, but in the entire Goulburn Valley League,’’ he said.
Mr Watson said the club’s thoughts and condolences were with Mr Bjorksten’s immediate and extended family.
Mr Bjorksten is survived by his mother Lauren, father Justin and younger brother Jye, 15.
Victoria Police Detective Sergeant Roz Wilson said at this stage they were investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident, which may involve alcohol or excessive speed.
Ambulance Victoria spokesman John Mullen said four other males were taken to hospital in stable conditions.
Three men in their teens were taken to Goulburn Valley Health with cuts and abrasions.
One of the males had arm and spinal injuries and another had shoulder and chest injuries.
A fourth man, in his 30s, was taken to hospital in Wangaratta with a leg injury.
Mrs Bjorksten said the entire situation was tragic and they still did not know the full extent of the situation that led to her son’s death.
Mr Bjorksten’s death brings the number of lives lost on Victoria’s road this year up to 200, 40 less than this time last year.
Investigating: Police examine the scene of the ute rollover.