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Schoolgirls left in car on side of highway identified

The two school girls who were killed in a single-crash in the ACT over the weekend have been identified.

Over the weekend, two girls aged 14 and 15-years-old died in a single-vehicle collision on the Monaro Highway at Hume.

ACT Police said the Toyota sedan left the road, crashed through temporary fencing and then collided with a tree.

 Flowers are seen at the scene of a car crash in which two teenage girls were killed on the Monaro Hwy in Hume, in southern Canberra, Monday, October 10, 2022.
Two teenage girls died in a car crash in southern Canberra on Sunday. Source: AAP

"Subsequent enquiries identified two teens who may have been in the vehicle and were known to the girls," police said in a statement.

"Police located them at residences a short time later. They have received medical attention and are currently assisting investigators from the Major Collision Team with their enquiries."

The two girls have since been identified by the Daily Mail as Claire Kepaoa, 15, and Susi Kopy, 14.

On Monday, the girls were due to return to school for the final term of the year, reportedly, it was also Susi's birthday.

In an Instagram post, one of Claire's relatives paid tribute to her, calling her a "sweet angel". It appears the relative is currently living in the US and she said she had planned on coming to visit her family in Canberra.

Pictured is Claire Kepaoa, 15, and Susi Kopy, 14, two Canberran schoolgirls who died in the crash
Canberra school girls Claire Kepaoa, 15, and Susi Kopy, 14 were killed in the crash. Source: Instagram/Facebook via Daily Mail Australia

"Breaks my heart I've never said [I love you] and my goodbyes," she wrote.

On Monday, a 16-year-old boy was charged with two counts of culpable driving causing death.

"The boy has also been charged with single counts of breach of bail, breach of good behaviour order, driving as an unaccompanied learner, and failing to stop and render assistance," ACT Police said in an update.

The 16-year-old faced court on Monday.

Anyone who saw the car crash on Sunday, or drove past the site where the collision occurred before 8am on Sunday is being asked to contact Crime Stoppers and quote P2107669.

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