By 1news.co.nz and is republished with permission
Four seasonal workers from the Pacific Islands were killed in a horrific crash in Victoria over the weekend.
David Gasologa, Alesana Anitelea, Aperaamo Tapelu and Darrick Amouta Peleti died when their car hit a tree in Piries, near Mansfield, 220km north-east of Melbourne.
The men were employed by crop grower Murphy Fresh and had been visiting the house of a friend before the fatal crash.
“We love you and we will always remember you in our hearts,” Anitelea’s sister-in-law told 9News in a statement.
“Rest in love dearest bro, Alesana.”
He had been in Australia for just four months.
Gasologa had recently become engaged and was one of nine siblings.
“He was quite humble and he was everyone’s favourite,” one of his sisters told Nine.
“He’s dearly missed.”
Police believe the driver lost control and hit an embankment and then a tree before bursting into flames.
“We believe they consumed alcohol and jumped back in the car, and they’ve driven back towards the house where they live and the collision’s occurred,” assistant commissioner for road policing Glenn Weir said.