‘We have heavy hearts’: Teenager dies after ute rolls near Euroa Victoria

A young man has been remembered as a beloved footballer, son and brother after he was killed in a crash in Victoria that sent four others to hospital.

Ryley Bjorksten, 19, was in a utility truck carrying five people when it flipped on a dirt road near Euroa in north-east Victoria.

Ryley Bjorksten in action with the Euroa Magpies senior squad.

Photo: Euroa Magpies Football Netball Club/Facebook

Ryley Bjorksten died at the scene while three other teens and a man in his 30s were injured and taken to hospital on Sunday.

Mr Bjorksten, 19, died in a ute rollover near Euroa Victoria on Sunday.

Photo: Euroa Magpies Football Netball Club/Facebook

A number of passengers had been riding on the ute’s tray when the vehicle rolled on Faithfuls Creek Road, Balmattum, about 2.15am, police said.

Police have not yet confirmed who was driving and if Mr Bjorksten was in the cab or on the tray when the ute flipped over.

He left behind his parents and a 15-year-old sibling brother, said Scott Watson, president of the Euroa Football Netball Club.

“Our hearts are broken,” he said. “Our thoughts and condolences are with the immediate and extended family as we speak.”

This teenager had been a key part of the senior footy team in the small country town for a few years, he said.

“Ryley’s speed, coupled with great foot skills, meant he was not only in the upper echelon of players in the club but in the entire Goulburn Valley League.”

The three other teenagers who were injured were taken to Shepparton hospital, an Ambulance Victoria spokesperson said.

One suffered cuts and abrasions, another arm and possible spinal injuries, and the third chest and shoulder injuries.

The man is his 30s was taken to Wangaratta hospital with leg injuries.

Circumstances surrounding the incident remain under investigation.

Police are calculating if speed and alcohol were factors in the crash, a police spokeswoman said.

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Henry Sapiecha

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