Tributes have flooded in for a 12-year-old boy killed in a horror crash in northern Victoria.
The child, identified as Daniel, from Nathalia, was in the front seat of a gold Holden Commodore sedan when it collided with a pole on Wanganui Road in Shepparton about 1am on Saturday morning.
He died on impact inside the crumpled vehicle.
Two rear seat passengers, a 14-year-old girl and her brother, 10, were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The younger boy was due to celebrate his birthday on Saturday.
The male driver, a 35-year-old Kialla man believed to be Daniel’s father, is assisting police with their inquiries.
Tributes were shared online for Daniel, with one family member sharing photos of herself and the 12-year-old.
“I’m still in shock and disbelief that I was only looking and talking to him yesterday,” she wrote.
“You’ll forever be in my thoughts and heart.”
Detective Sergeant Roz Wilson said such incidents were “traumatic” for everyone involved.
“We’re still examining the collision scene here and investigating the circumstances of why this collision occurred,” Detective Sergeant Wilson said.
“It maybe a reason for distraction or could be other factors involving alcohol.
“Any loss of life is traumatic and children even more, especially for emergency workers who attend.”
Investigations into the cause of the crash are ongoing.