Carnage at Parkville car crash

A mother and two children were killed in a high-speed car crash outside the Royal Women’s Hospital in Parkville on August 20.

Koby Poole, 35, her eight-year-old daughter Chloe, and 20-month-old son Harrison died at the scene.

Police said the car was travelling southbound along Flemington Rd, towards Grattan St, before it struck a kerb outside the hospital and crashed into a pole.

It is understood the woman had left the Royal Children’s Hospital before driving erratically and at speed down Flemington Rd about 9.50am.

Senior Seargant Clanchy said a “minor incident” took place with another vehicle at the Gatehouse St intersection before the woman continued down Flemington Rd.

The car was engulfed in flames shortly after the crash.

Parkville resident William Evans said he woke up to the sound of an explosion.

“I was woken up by a bang that sounded like a huge explosion and ran out onto my balcony which is shortly up the road,” Mr Evans said.

“The fireball was huge.”

Ms Poole’s partner Craig issued a statement thanking the community for its support.

“I’d like to thank the community for their love and support at this difficult time following the loss of my partner Koby and my beautiful children Chloe (9) and Harrison (20 months),” he wrote.

“I have no words to describe how we’re all feeling. This tragedy will take some time to process and we ask for some privacy at this time.”

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives are still investigating the circumstances leading up to the incident •

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